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Aaron Hernandez Charged With Killing a Guy for Talking to People He Didn’t Like

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 25: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and led out of his home in handcuffs, shortly before 9 a.m. It is not immediately known what charges he is facing, but he has been under investigation in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by George Rizer for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Aaron Hernandez has arms, just FYI. Photo: Boston Globe/2013 - The Boston Globe

Aaron Hernandez, a tight end for the New England Patriots who happens to be pretty damn good — he made the Pro Bowl two seasons ago — was charged with murder today in the shooting death of his friend (and his fiancée’s sister’s boyfriend) Odin Lloyd. “Hernandez was angry with Lloyd for talking to a group of people at a nightclub on the previous Friday, a group that Hernandez apparently had beef with,” according to Deadspin. Earlier today, he was dropped by the Patriots, who had signed him last summer to a $54 million contract. It was not a good day to be Aaron Hernandez.

It was also not a good day for the NFL as a whole. Because, incredibly, a different NFL player — Ausar Walcott, a rookie linebacker on the Cleveland Browns — was charged with “first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim” and was also released by his team.

If the NFL isn’t careful, it’s going to start earning itself a reputation for violence.

Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder