(BOSTON) -- Most, if not all, New England Patriots fans probably won't be sporting their No. 81 Aaron Hernandez jerseys in public anymore, since the team's former tight end is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of one of his friends.
While Hernandez's jerseys are selling online for well above their original cost -- an autographed jersey was going for over $600 as of Monday morning -- this past weekend, the New England Patriots ProShop offered a free jersey exchange for anyone who bought a Hernandez jersey from their brick-and-mortar location in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., or through its affiliated online store.
Fans were able to trade the jersey for a new Patriots jersey of comparable value.
"We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don't want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore," New England Patriots spokesperson Stacey James told local ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV. "We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player's jersey will be well-received by parents."
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