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BOSTON (CBS) – Though devastated by the news, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was proud of the New England Patriots for the way they handled the Aaron Hernandez arrest this summer.
“To think that anyone involved with the National Football League, whether it be a player or anybody else, could be involved in these circumstances is deeply troubling and does have an impact on the shield,” Goodell said Thursday on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike. “That’s why I am proud the Patriots took decisive action. It is now a matter for the courts for the criminal activity.”
Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd back on June 26. Hours after his arrest, the Patriots cut Hernandez from the team.
Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial.
Goodell did say that all NFL teams should examine the process of of how they evaluate players before drafting or signing them.
“All clubs are going to have to re-evaluate how they evaluate players,” Goodell said. “They have to look at their prior history, their experience, to make sure they are bringing the kind of people in to represent the teams and the NFL in a positive way.”