Boston TV station apologizes for Aaron Hernandez tweet

Lester Mason
January 23, 2018

For what seems like the 15th straight year, the New England Patriots are on their way back to yet another Super Bowl in this franchises storied history after defeating the Jaguars in the AFC title game.

Patriots nation was so excited that they couldn't contain themselves. Well, on Sunday night, the Boston TV station WCVB made the boneheaded decision to include the Hernandez photo in a tweet about the Patriots' win over the Jaguars.

The photo originated from a 2011 preseason game between the Jags and the Pats.

The ABC affiliate deleted the tweet 40 minutes after posting it, according to Awful Announcing, which gave users ample time to comment on the gaffe.

As you might expect, it didn't take very long for people to spot the egregious error made by WCVB. Five months later he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was eventually convicted of that murder-in the first degree-in 2015 before having his sentence vacated as a result of his 2017 suicide while incarcerated at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

While it was likely an honest mistake that was overlooked, it's insane to think there weren't more recent photos available, especially after the game just concluded. It was sent out along with a link to a story about the Patriots making yet another trip to the Super Bowl.

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