Patriots fans flock to Gillette Stadium to trade in Aaron Hernandez jerseys
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Hundreds of New England Patriots showed up at Gillette Stadium Saturday to trade in their No. 81 Aaron Hernandez jerseys.
The team's former tight end was charged in June with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
By 5 p.m. on Saturday, more than 1,200 jerseys -- including 300-plus youth jerseys -- had been traded in, Patriots spokesman Stacey James told NFL.com.
Exchanges also are available online this weekend at the team's official store.
Fans were given the choice of authentic Vince Wilfork, Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski jerseys, along with replicas for a wider list of players, according to NFL.com. The most popular replacement on Saturday was Wilfork followed by Brady, Chandler Jonesand Stevan Ridley, James told NFL.com.
ProShop staff told ESPNBoston.com that a limited number of Tim Tebow jerseys were available, but they flew off the shelves early.
"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 ABC 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."
Meanwhile, Hernandez's jerseys have been selling online for as much as twice their original cost.
A spokeswoman for eBay provided a statement to ABC News on Monday saying the listings related to Aaron Hernandez do not violate eBay policies.
"However, if Hernandez is convicted, we will evaluate items as appropriate under the section of our Offensive Materials policy," eBay said in the statement.
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