The team did not comment last week when Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The 25-year-old was sentenced to life without parole. Hernandez had a $40 million contract when he was arrested.
Slater said Tuesday that he is praying for Hernandez and everyone else involved. He calls it a ''tragic, sad situation, for so many different people, for so many different reasons.''
McCourty says two lives are gone.
McCourty and Hernandez were drafted to the Patriots in 2010.