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What The Hernandez Verdict Means For The Patriots09:44
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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez during the first half of the AFC Championship in 2012.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez during the first half of the AFC Championship in 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Aaron Hernandez was a star tight end when he played for the Patriots. In 2012, he helped the team get to the Super Bowl and scored a touchdown during that game.

But when Hernandez was arrested for the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in June 2013, the Patriots immediately released him. With the news that Hernandez has been convicted of Lloyd's murder, where does that leave the Patriots?

In a brighter part of the Boston sports world, the Red Sox have won six of their first eight games, putting them at the top of the American League East a week and a half into the season. Plus, the Celtics are riding to the playoffs on a five-game winning streak.

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Bill Littfield, host of NPR's Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.

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 The Boston Globe: Former Teammates React To Aaron Hernandez Verdict

  • Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes on Twitter: "I'M CONFUSED ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM THESE DAYS!!!"

The New York Times: Celebrating Boston Marathon, While Honoring Victims' Memory 

  • "[The marathon] is a time for Boston to rejoice in the race on Marathon Monday with one million spectators, but on Wednesday it honors the victims and survivors of the bombings and the many emergency workers and bystanders who rushed to their aid and saved countless lives."

Bleacher Report: Celtics Are Ready For Challenging Battle With Cleveland Caveliers

  • "If the Celtics continue their stellar play from the past couple of months...they could be a tough out for LeBron and Co. in the first round."

This segment aired on April 15, 2015.

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