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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Hernandez responds to marijuana report


In response to Boston Globe reporter Albert Breer's story that New England Patriots draft pick Aaron Hernandez tested positive for marijuana multiple times at the University of Florida, the Patriots released a statement from Hernandez.
"Leading up to the draft, I provided every interested NFL team with all the information asked of me about football and my personal life. I was as candid as I could possibly be about everything, including my one single violation of the team's substance testing policy over the course of three years at the University of Florida. That is why I was very surprised and disappointed by the recent inaccurate report of additional violations. I regret what happened, I learned from it and will make better decisions going forward. I couldn’t be more excited about beginning my NFL career and representing the New England Patriots well."

Hernandez was considered the best receiving tight end in the draft, but the Patriots picked him up in the fourth round. Breer reported three teams told him Hernandez failed multiple tests at Florida, causing him to tumble in the draft.