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Story may expose new crack in the Patriots’ Way

Many exceptions to proud focus on character

Twice last year, Aaron Hernandez, a young Patriots star with a troubled past, announced he had changed his ways.

After he signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension in August, Hernandez said he had conquered his irresponsible impulses and that Patriots owner Robert Kraft “trusts my character.’’

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