NFL pulls sale of Aaron Hernandezís jersey off their website
‘We decided it was the appropriate step to take," an NFL spokesman said in a statement told USA Today on Wednesday.
Hernandez jerseys were still available in three versions for $99.99 on NFL’s online store, NFLshop.com, as of 3:15 p.m. ET Wednesday. But by 3:40 p.m., the links to Hernandez’s merchandise became defunct.
If you attempt to score a Hernandez jersey off the Fanatics’ NFL website (an online retailer that works with the league), you will see this box: “Discontinued: We are sorry but this item has been discontinued."
Nike’s NFL website also discontinued the sale of Aaron Hernandez jerseys giving the following explanation: “Out of stock at Nike.com."
FansEdge.com also joined the bandwagon of online retailers who thought it was in bad taste to attempt to make a buck in the face of Aaron Hernandez’s recent murder chargers. They show the following error to search result of Aaron Hernandez’s merchandise: "Sorry, we could not locate the requested product in our catalog."
Jeff Dupont, the manager at Dick’s Sporting Goods store in North Attleborough, Mass., at approximate to where Aaron Hernandez lived, said he was not allowed to comment on what the store intended to do with the left over stock of Hernandez jerseys.
However, not everyone waited until 3:15 p.m., to drop selling Aaron Hernandez jerseys. The New England Patriots Pro shop had already ceased all sale of Aaron Hernandez jerseys by 11:15 a.m. ET.
The 23-year-old Hernandez already lost the support and an endorsement deal with Cytosport, a nutrition company last week, three days after his name first came up in connection to the slaying of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough, Mass.
Back in April, Hernandez inked a two-year endorsement deal with Puma to work with the brand’s men training initiatives. Puma spokesperson Katie Sheptyck declined to comment on the situation Wednesday, according to Reuters.