There’s been a lot of talk about Tim Tebow replacing tight end Aaron Hernandez on the field for the New England Patriots. That hasn’t happened yet but the Mile High Messiah has already taken Hernandez’ spot in the world of stickers.
The Memorabilia company Panini has removed close to 500,000 Aaron Hernandez stickers from its sticker books. The company said that they will be replacing the items with Tim Tebow stickers.
Jason Howarth, Panini’s vice president of marketing, said: “We felt strongly that making these changes was the right thing to do, for Panini and our products but, more importantly, for our fans and collectors.”
ESPN reports that Panini will be handing out the Tim Tebow stickers at different events throughout the year. Customers can also send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Panini in order to get their replacement stickers. Panini said that the Tim Tebow stickers will also be available to download from its website.
Hernandez is currently facing trial for the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. The former New England Patriots tight end has plead not guilty to the charges.
Panini isn’t the only company trying to distance itself from Aaron Hernandez. Electronic Arts recently pulled Aaron Hernandez from the Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14 video games.
The Patriots have also pulled Hernandez’ jerseys. The team said that it lost close to $200,000 by giving fans new jerseys in exchange for their Hernandez jerseys.