The former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez did not see this one coming.
Only two years after signing a $40 million contract extension that put him at the top of his career, Hernandez is due in court to face charges of the 2012 murder of two men that he met in a Boston nightclub. It is no shock that the team dropped him only hours after his arrest for the crime.
Hernandez is currently serving time at the Bristol County jail, awaiting trial on charges for the murder of a semi-professional football player, Odin Lloyd from June 2013. He was charged earlier this month for the murders of Cape Verdean cleaners Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Investigators linked Hernandez to the double-murder after the semi-pro player, Lloyd, was found shot to death in an industrial park near Hernandez’s house in South Attleboro, Mass. At the arraignment, Prosecutors described a scenario in which Hernandez and a friend followed Abreu and Furtado from a nightclub in an SUV. Hernandez is facing accusations of shooting the two men after pulling up to a red light and fleeing the scene to an undisclosed address in Hartford, Conn. He then exchanged vehicles with the help of his cousin.
The arraignment was approximately 20 minutes long; Hernandez pled not guilty to two counts of first degree murder.