Hernandez will be arraigned Friday

Reuters

On Thursday, the NFL season officially kicks off.  On Friday, the murder case against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez does, too.

He’ll be arraigned in Fall River Superior Court at 2:00 p.m. ET, via FOX 29 in Boston.  As Fred Gwynne once showed Joe Pesci, it’s an easy process — guilty or not guilty.  Or, possibly “absolutely, 100 percent not guilty.”

Hey, it worked for the last NFL player who tried it.

Hernandez has been held without bail since late June.  Once he’s arraigned, a trial date likely will be set.

He also is being investigated in the July 2012 murder of two men who were shot in Boston.  A grand jury reportedly is exploring the case, and it could in theory indict him at any time.