FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WPRI) -- Hundreds of people lined up Saturday morning at Patriot Place to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys for a different one.
The former Patriots tight end has been charged with the murder of 27 year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, whose body was discovered June 17th in North Attleboro, a short distance from Hernandez's home.
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The team organized the free jersey exchange Saturday and again on Sunday so that fans can swap their Hernandez jerseys for that of another player.
"We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don't want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore," New England Patriots spokesperson Stacey James said in a release . "We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player's jersey will be well-received by parents."
The exchange is being offered this weekend at the Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium. The following conditions apply:
- No receipts are needed; however, only officially licensed Nike or Reebok jerseys that are offered at the ProShop will be accepted.
- Customers can swap their Hernandez jersey for any other price-comparable jersey that is in stock.
- Both #81 and #85 -- Hernandez's former number -- will be accepted.
- The exchange is limited to one jersey per customer.
Parents told Eyewitness news that explaining the charges against Hernandez to their kids is difficult, but they're thankful they have the opportunity to get rid of the jerseys.
"We explained everything that happened," said parent Dave Falzone of Walpole, who was there to get another jersey for his son. "But when somebody does something wrong you have to speak up."
Karen Dexter of Franklin agreed.
"It is tough," she said, "but it also helps teach some lessons about choices."
Hernandez has been held without bail since his arraignment in Attleboro District Court. The Patriots cut ties with him roughly an hour after police announced his arrest last month.
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