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Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Pats won't get fooled again
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is led out of the North Attleborough police station after being arrested June 26, 2013. Hernandez, a 23-year-old rising football star with the New England Patriots, was arrested by police in a murder investigation and fired by the team on Wednesday, another blot on the National Football League's tightly protected image. (REUTERS/Dominick Reuter)
Let alone for the length of a murder trial.
They'd already undertaken the process of evolving their offense in a way that capitalized on Hernandez's unique skill set. They'd already decided that Hernandez was a better choice than receiver Wes Welker in terms of who deserved their long-term loyalty.
If prosecutors are right, everyone learned Wednesday exactly how Hernandez repays debts born out of trust and respect. He leaves the people who invested their faith in him with no choice but to kick him out of their stadium when he's barely been implicated, and no choice but to cut ties altogether before the justice system even has its say.
Dave D'Onofrio covers the Patriots for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
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