The New England Patriots seemed to have done just about everything in its power up to this point to not only distance the team from former tight end Aaron Hernandez and the stain he has left upon the suddenly-tarnished “Patriots Way,” but it looks like the organization has a few more tricks up its sleeve.
The team announced on its official website that it will hold an event on the weekend of July 6 and July 7 at its Patriots ProShop where anyone who purchased an Aaron Hernandez jersey through the store or its online counterpart will be allowed to exchange it for “a new Patriots jersey of comparable value.”
The entire release, specifically aimed at parents whose children have Aaron Hernandez jerseys, via Patriots.com:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots ProShop will offer a free jersey exchange of any #81 Hernandez jersey purchased at the Patriots ProShop or online at PatriotsProShop.com for a new Patriots jersey of comparable value. The free jersey exchange will be available exclusively at the Patriots ProShop the weekend of Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.
“We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don’t want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore,” said New England Patriots spokesperson Stacey James. “We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player’s jersey will be well received by parents.”
This opportunity for a free exchange of jerseys is limited to the weekend of July 6-7 and is available only at the Patriots ProShop located at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. The exchange is for jerseys available in the Patriots ProShop only and is limited to one per person.
For complete details and restrictions, click here.
Wow, if the Patriots could figure out a way to go back in time so the team never even heard the name Aaron Hernandez, let alone draft him, I’m pretty sure they would pay the $40 million contract the team signed Hernandez to last season to do so.
[H/T Pro Football Zone]