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Aaron Hernandez: what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Over at Pats Pulpit, Alec Shane wrote this about his team: "You can bash them, hate them, and trash them all you want, but the way they have handled this situation has been absolutely fantastic. I don't know how many teams would release a player as talented as Hernandez before all of the dust had settled, and I don't know how many teams would place honor and integrity over skill. Some teams don't care if you are a thug, degenerate, or waste of space, but that just isn't my team."

Yes it looks bad for Hernandez. But arrests and charges are not the same things as guilty verdicts. By all means, put a player on some kind of leave but wiping your hands of him -- and apparently passing final judgement on him -- before the due process of the justice system takes its course seems premature, not admirable. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

I'm a Jets fan who has been following Hernandez news on Pats Pulpit. From a competitive point of view, it's great that the Patriots are Hernandez-less. But the rush to final judgement expressed in Shane's post bothers me on a more basic level. I was tempted to post a reply on the blog, but held back as I don't want to be seen as trolling their site. But I wanted to get this off my chest. Innocent until proven guilty matters.

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