Aaron Hernandez References Removed at University of Florida

The University Athletic Association says it's removing all references of Aaron Hernandez in and around UF's football stadium.

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013  |  Updated 11:20 AM EDT
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Former New England Patriots NFL football tight end Aaron Hernandez appears at Attleboro District Court on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was in court for what was supposed to be a probable cause hearing, but prosecutors said the grand jury is still considering the evidence against him. A judge rescheduled the probable cause hearing for Aug. 22, after considering defense objections to a delay. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

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The University Athletic Association says it's removing all references of Aaron Hernandez in and around the football stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

A statement released Thursday morning says the organization "didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate" the former Gator and New England Patriots tight end. The 23-year-old is charged with murder in the killing of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

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The statement says that immediately following the news, a plan was put in place "to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas." Those areas include the end zone team area, locker room, lobby and brick display outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The UAA says the plan is to have everything removed before the end of July.

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