Kraft on Hernandez: ‘If this stuff is true, I’ve been duped’


BOSTON ( – New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft has broken his silence on the murder investigation surrounding former TE Aaron Hernandez.

According to, Kraft addressed a group of reporters Monday saying, "If this stuff is true, then I've been duped and our whole organization has been duped."

Kraft said he thought Hernandez was "likeable" and that the Patriots had made a mistake.

Kraft told reporters that he had to limit his comments because of the criminal investigation and potential civil cases. He read a statement against the wishes of his general counsel, reported.

"We decided the week prior to Aaron's arrest that if Aaron was arrested in connection with the Lloyd murder case that we would cut him immediately after," Kraft said. "If any member of the New England Patriots organization is close enough to a murder investigation to actually get arrested…it is too close to an unthinkable act for that person to be part of this organization going forward."

Hernandez was cut by the Patriots on June 26th. Kraft reiterated that the team had no knowledge of Hernandez's activities outside of Gillette Stadium.

Hernandez has been charged with murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, of Dorchester, in June. Investigators are also exploring Hernandez's potential involvement in a double-killing in Boston's South End in July 2012.