Now that the New England Patriots have dropped tight end Aaron Hernandez over murder charges involving the execution-style killing of Odin Lloyd, some collectors are turning to eBay to score a deal on what could be a macabre piece of sports memorabilia.

Hundreds of others, though, just wanted to swap their Hernandez shirts for those of a teammate not charged with murder. Today, the Patriots offered to exchange Hernandez jerseys for the customer’s choice of any other player, and plenty took advantage.

https://twitter.com/KatzM/status/353618876338151425

The shirt exchange netted more than a thousand jerseys.

  • trixiewoobeans

    Ahhh, the Wild World of Sports…burnin’ jerseys, turnin’ jerseys…

    • Elaine

      They buy the murder’s shirt for big bucks and they revere the dog abusing killer Michael Vic.. then who do they actually attack? One of the best role models they could ever hope for, Tim Tebow. This bad boy stuff isn’t working out well for them.

      • trixiewoobeans

        Many Americans will put up with anything in their quest to be entertained, as long as they personally do not suffer. Vick is a perfect example of a disgusting human being given a pass for his entertainment value. Then there’s Alec Baldwin, Chris Brown, Charlie Sheen, etc., etc. Nothing is too heinous, if the public is enthralled with you. It reminds me of Roman times and the Coliseum. Nothing was too horrible if they were entertained.

  • $30423294

    The NFL is brilliant though. They stave off the natural question of whether their problem of serious criminal behavior is inherent in celebrity gangster culture, and whether it is getting worse or better.

    Psst: it’s getting worse.

    The NFL simply asks that you drink beer. Yeah, we can do that.

    As long as you’re drinking the product, these people will do whatever they want to do.

    America, 2013.

    • mapache

      NFL is not responsible for how adult players act outside the game. They players are responsible for their actions. Problem is they are young and have a whole lot of disposal income and many have not developed the emotional maturity to pick associates wisely.

      • $30423294

        From a legal and secular standpoint, true. Point well taken.

        However, nothing prohibits a good executive from having a one-to-one conversation with a guy when he shows signs of trouble. The message could be, listen, it’s not my business what you do on your own time, but so help me, you had better step up to your role because there are kids watching. And God have mercy on you if abuse that trust.

        Maybe that happens behind the scenes, one can hope.

        • mapache

          I agree. It does seem that certain teams and coaches put up with bad boy behavior more than others. The word gets out among players and some players will avoid certain coaches and will gravitate to others.

    • Guest

      Actually the same age and race comparison to those in and outside the NFL shows that the NFL players are actually less prone to trouble. Sounds odd but its true…. you just hear about the NFL players due to their status.

      • $30423294

        Sort of like the Catholic Church. Pig media portrays child abuse as localized in the Church when it is actually less likely there but over-represented in government schools.

        The point is that when you have a prominent position in society, your rate of crime should be 0%. No number above 0 is defensible. It goes for Catholic churches and celebrities who influence children.

        I hear you and point well taken.

        • Guest

          I find all of this crap atrocious and no matter if they want to be or not these guys are in a position to be role models and it would be nice if they used their access to media in such a way.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Spammer!

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Good on the Pats to do the exchange at their cost.

  • itsatax

    Good example of why I never wear a shirt with another guy’s name on it.

  • Steve_J

    Contrary to @KatzM Hernandez has been arrested but has not been araigned yet much less convicted.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Katz was quoting someone else who joked about the conviction. In this low information world an arrest is as good as a conviction.

  • Steve_J

    Contrary to @KatzM Hernandez has been arrested but has not been araigned yet much less convicted.

  • cajun_2

    Wow, wish we could get rid of our politicians this easy.

  • mapache

    …and the gang banger and the thug wanna bees will pay double their original retail price….probably a bunch of white teen rappers…

  • DefCon99

    no one’s been convicted of murder in this case. Not saying he’s innocent, but to be accurate.