Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Says Team Got Duped by Aaron Hernandez

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the team got duped if allegations against embattled former tight end Aaron Hernandez prove to be true.

Jul 8 2013, 11:05pm CDT | by

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Says Team Got Duped by Aaron Hernandez
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says if allegations against Aaron Hernandez prove to be true, the entire organization was duped by him.

USA Today Sports' Lindsay H. Jones writes about Kraft's sentiments, citing a report from the Boston Globe. Kraft went straight to the point in his comment about Hernandez. 

"If this stuff is true, I've been duped, and our whole organization has been duped. 

"Here we have a guy who, man, it looks like had the world by the tail. He said to me he wanted to be a role model to the Hispanic community. He said we'd give him a second chance, and I believed him. He was the most likeable young man. This is all sad to me. Very sad."

Kraft and the Patriots reportedly knew about Hernandez being "immature" during his stint in New England. The team drafted him in 2010 on the premise that he would start on a clean slate after he wrote a letter to the team six days prior to being drafted. In the letter, Hernandez admitted to recreational drug use as a Florida Gator but wrote he would submit himself to bi-weekly drug testing in the pros and even reimburse part of his salary which was earned while on any kind of drug. 

Now that Hernandez is incarcerated in a Massachusetts jail, Kraft says the Patriots "made a mistake and are facing it head on." He also added they will "renew efforts and look at procedures," per ESPN Boston. 

"You can be sure we'll be looking at our procedures and auditing how we do things."

Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last month on the shooting of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd of the Boston Bandits, who the prosecutor says was shot multiple times. 

The 72-year-old Kraft, who has owned the New England Patriots since 1994, sympathized with the Lloyd family. 

"My heart goes out to the Lloyd family. I feel bad that someone connected to our organization is connected to this."

Hernandez's current situation comes as a surprise considering he said he wanted to bea role model for the Hispanic community after donating $50,000 to the Myra Kraft Giving Back Fund after he signed a contract extension before the 2012 NFL season.  

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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