Patriots offer Hernandez jersey exchange

In light of the arrest of Aaron Hernandez earlier this week, the New England Patriots are offering a jersey exchange.

The team said its pro shop would offer an exchange of any No. 81 Hernandez jersey purchased at the Patriots ProShop or online at In return, fans would get a new Patriots jersey of comparable value.

The free jersey exchange will take place July 6 and 7 at Gillette Stadium.

Hernandez was arrested Wednesday on a murder charge and denied bail stemming from a homicide investigation into the death of Odin Lloyd on June 17. Hernandez pleaded not guilty.

"We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don't want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore," Patriots spokesperson Stacey James said. "We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player's jersey will be well received by parents."