2. Aaron Hernandez charged with murder
On Wednesday June 26, then Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder for the fatal June 17 shooting of a friend, Odin Lloyd, in North Attleborough a few days after the two got into a dispute at a Boston nightclub. The 23-year-old receiving star had signed a $40 million contract with the Patriots a year before the arrest. He is now out of the NFL and staring at life in prison if convicted of the murder charge.
“No one in our organization was aware of any of these kind of connections. If it’s true, I’m just shocked,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in July in his first comments on the arrest. “Our whole organization has been duped.”
For weeks on end, the Hernandez murder saga was the only topic people were talking about in bars, on sports radio, in conference rooms, and in cities and towns across New England. On the field, the Patriots have strugged to regain the offensive punch they showcased when Hernandez was in the lineup along with Wes Welker a healthy Rob Gronkowski.
The publicity surrounding the case has been “virtually unprecedented in the history of the commonwealth” according to one of Hernandez’ three defense lawyers, and that buzz surrounding the Hernandez case won’t subside once the trial gets underway.
Hearing via law enforcement source that Aaron Hernandez will be arrested in connection with the North Attleborough murder— Steve Silva (@stevesilva) June 20, 2013