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Kraft: Patriots 'duped' by Hernandez

Owner finally breaks his silence on former player charged with first-degree murder. Terry McCormick

Print This July 08, 2013, 03:49 PM EST

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, fresh off vacation time in Europe and Israel, broke his silence in the whole Aaron Hernandez situation on Monday.

Per the Boston Globe, Kraft said the entire Patriots organization was "duped" by their former tight end, who now faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd last month.

“No one in our organization was aware of any of these kind of connections. If it’s true, I’m just shocked,” Kraft said in his office at Gillette Stadium. “Our whole organization has been duped.”

Kraft recalled that before the Patriots drafted Hernandez, they received a letter from him, crafted by his agents at Athletes First. The letter acknowledged Hernandez's drug use and promised that if the Patriots chose him, according to Kraft, that he would be willing to be tested and give back a portion of his contract money if suspended for a failed test.

Kraft went on to say that Hernandez knew how to "push his buttons" with things like a $50,000 donation to his late wife Myra's foundation. The owner also said he never saw any signs that would lead him to believe Hernandez would be capable of such a violent act as the one he is accused of committing.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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