The New England Patriots have released tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested in connection with a murder investigation Wednesday at his North Attleboro home.

The Patriots announced the roster move via their Twitter account, and by press release.

The New England #Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez.

Below is the full release from the Patriots:


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have announced the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide last week in North Attleboro, Mass. The New England Patriots issued the following statement: “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.”