The NFL issued a brief statement on Wednesday morning via Twitter on the arrest of Aaron Hernandez in connection with a homicide investigation. Police took Hernandez from his home in North Attleborough, Mass. shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
"The involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling. The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court. At the same time we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin Lloyd's family and friends."
Less than two hours after police took Hernandez into custody, the New England Patriots released the 23-year-old tight end. The Patriots issued a brief statement similar to the one later released by the NFL.
“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”