It’s only been 21 months since the Patriots agreed to pay Aaron Hernandez $40 million for his football services.
It’s been less than a year since Hernandez allegedly murdered Odin Lloyd. It’s just two days since the former Patriots tight end was arraigned for allegedly murdering two other men in 2012.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft didn’t want his community outreach event Thursday besmirched with questions about the alleged triple-murderer. Still, Kraft’s former employee is one of the most notorious alleged killers in recent U.S. history. It’s news.
Standing next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after a football safety event at Gillette Stadium, Kraft said of Hernandez, “When he was arrested, we cut him from the team, I was very clear about it. You can go back and read what I said then. That’s the way I feel, and will continuously feel.”
At the time, Kraft said he was “duped” and “shocked.”
Hernandez was arraigned Wednesday for the July 2012 drive-by shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. Their murders occurred a month before Kraft and Hernandez agreed on that $40 million contract extension.