The New England Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez just a few hours before he was hit with a murder charge for the slaying of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd and five other gun related charges, and now the NFL is taking their own steps to distance themselves from Hernandez.
According to USA Today, the league has decided to pull all of Hernandez’s jerseys from the NFL Shop.
The league issued a brief statement on why they decided to no longer sell his number 81 Patriots jersey online.
“We decided it was the appropriate step to take,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
There is no word on whether or not the league will suspend Hernandez, but considering the fact that he is facing a potential life sentence (minimum of fifteen-years) in prison for first-degree murder, there is a good chance that they won’t have to take action because the legal system will take care of that.
The legal battle is just beginning for Hernandez, but let’s remember that he has not yet been found guilty of any crime.