Patriots' Aaron Hernandez loses endorsement deal due to investigation

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BOSTON — At least one company yanked an endorsement deal from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Friday as puzzled family members of a friend found slain a mile from Hernandez’s home sought answers to how he died.

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Police have searched in and around Hernandez’s sprawling home in North Attleborough, not far from where the Patriots practice, but a court clerk said that as of Friday afternoon no arrest warrants had been issued in the case. The Bristol County district attorney has not released any information, other than saying the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was being treated as a homicide.

Sources told ABC News that Massachusetts authorities are expected to execute an arrest warrant at some point for for obstruction of justice. The warrant was prepared after police discovered that the security system at Hernandez’s home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed, sources said.

A jogger found Lloyd’s body in an industrial park Monday. Family members said Friday that Lloyd had been dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister for about two years. They said the two men were friends who were together the night Lloyd died.

“I want the person that killed my son to be brought to justice,” said Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward.

RING FLAP: Facing what he called a “complicated international problem,” Vladimir Putin says he’s ready to give the Patriots’ owner custom jewelry to compensate for the Super Bowl ring that some imply the Russian president pocketed.

The Super Bowl ring changed hands in 2005 when Robert Kraft was visiting Putin with a business delegation. At the time, he said he gave it as a gift, but last week he was quoted by the New York Post as saying Putin just took it.

Putin said at an economic forum Friday he didn’t remember Kraft or the ring. But “if it is so valuable to him,” Putin would order a piece of jewelry of precious metal and stones be made for Kraft.


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