Sport NFL champs to visit Trump hours after ex-player's death

17:11  19 april  2017
17:11  19 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — The Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots are visiting the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for another NFL title.

Trump's welcome to the team later Wednesday is coming hours after the news from Massachusetts prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.

Hernandez — who played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012 — was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction. Days ago, the 27-year-old former tight end was acquitted of a double murder.

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A team spokesman says the Patriots are aware of the reports of Hernandez's death but the club isn't expected to comment.

Team owner Bob Kraft is a longtime Trump friend.

Some Patriots players intend to skip the White House visit because they oppose Trump's presidency.

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What happened?: Aaron Hernandez went from talented Patriots tight end with a bright future. to a life sentence in prison. On Wdnesday morning, the saga came to a shocking end as the 27-year-old wa found hanged in his cell. How did it come to this? Let's look back and track the rise and fall of his career. Timeline of the rise and fall of former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez

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