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On the morning the New England Patriots were slated to visit the White House to be honored for winning Super Bowl LI, former Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell from an apparent suicide.

Related: Representatives for Aaron Hernandez skeptical of alleged suicide 

The Patriots decided to visit the White House anyway, and longtime ESPN personality Bob Ley spoke out against the decision on Wednesday.

Ley said he is “stunned” the Patriots decided to attend the ceremony at the White House after hearing the news about Hernandez’s death.

“There are two major stories today, unless, God forbid, something else tragic happens on the national scene,” Ley said on SportsCenter. “They are the Hernandez death of apparent suicide and the Patriots’ visit to the White House. And in light of everything we’ve talked about, they will forever be linked.”

On Outside the Lines, Ley and a panel of guests discussed the Patriots visiting the White House and the same day Hernandez died.

Hernandez was recently found not guilty of committing a double murder, but he was still serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. He was expected to appeal that verdict until his death.

Hernandez was a member of the Patriots from 2010 through 2012 before his arrest for the murder of Lloyd.

(h/t NESN)

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ESPN analyst is “stunned” Patriots went through with White House visit after Hernandez suicide Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
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Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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