It seems a shame, to play them such a trick; after we've brought them out so far, and made them comment so quick!

You know the rules. The oysters are below — enjoy!

The Patriots Have Released Aaron Hernandez

Fewer than two hours after Aaron Hernandez was arrested, the Patriots have announced he's been released. The statement from the team:

“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.”

In August of 2012, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million extension, with $16 million guaranteed (he already received the bulk of it as a signing bonus). But oddly, the contract did not contain the usual "failure to perform" clause—meaning that the Patriots could still be on the hook for most of the remaining guaranteed money, even if Hernandez is out of football or in prison.