The Patriots Will Let Fans Trade In Their Aaron Hernandez Jerseys

A classy move by an organization that had a rough week.

It’s been a tough week to be a New England Patriots fan. It’s been especially tough if you’re a New England Patriots fan who spent $100 on a No. 81 jersey.

The team announced today that those fans who bought the jersey of former tight end and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez will have the opportunity to exchange them for another jersey, free of charge.

The Patriots removed Hernandez merchandise from the team’s online ProShop on Wednesday following his arrest and release from the team. Let the healing begin.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots ProShop will offer a free jersey exchange of any #81 Hernandez jersey purchased at the Patriots ProShop or online at for a new Patriots jersey of comparable value. The free jersey exchange will be available exclusively at the Patriots ProShop the weekend of Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

“We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don’t want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore,” said New England Patriots spokesperson Stacey James. “We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player’s jersey will be well received by parents.”

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