Pats offering Hernandez jersey exchange

The New England Patriots are offering anyone with a No. 81 Aaron Hernandez jersey that was purchased at the team’s pro shop to exchange it with a free jersey of comparable value, the team announced.

The exchange will be offered only during the weekend of July 6-7 and is only for jerseys purchased at the pro shop at Gillette Stadium or online at patriotsproshop.com.

Earlier this week, Hernandez was charged in the murder of an acquaintance and released by the Patriots.

“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 in a statement. “We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player’s jersey will be well received by parents.”

The pro shop will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.