Connecticut sports decade in review: The rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez

And just one season after signing a contract worth up to $40 million, the world found out what those closest to Hernandez already knew: His private life was a powder keg threatening to implode his professional one. He was arrested at his home in North Attleboro, Mass., on June 26, 2013, and charged with the execution-style shooting death of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancee and the mother of his daughter. The Patriots released him that day, and in the coming weeks did their best to scrub away his existence, buying back jerseys from fans and cutting off press conferences the instant a reporter invoked his name.

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