New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) gets past Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) during the first quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Hernandez possible suspension, salary recuperation

Although this is all just speculation on the part of two well-respected NFL writers, it is well-educated speculation on New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. First, let’s look at an article published on FOX Sports by Alex Marvez about a possible suspension for Aaron Hernandez, even if he isn’t actually convicted of being a part of Odin Lloyd’s murder.

According to Marvez, Roger Goodell still has the authority to suspend Hernandez, even if he was not convicted of any wrongdoing. Wait, what the heck? Yeah, you heard that right. Marvez brings up the Ben Roethlisberger situation when Roethlisberger was suspended for six games after being accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old female. Although Roethlisberger was not convicted of anything, the NFL still suspended him for tainting the league’s image.

Goodell is expected to meet with Aaron Hernandez at some point, but I don’t think it is fair for Goodell to suspend Hernandez before we know the whole story. If he is found innocent, then he shouldn’t be suspended for “ruining the league’s image” or whatever. But if he is guilty, let’s just say that the suspension is probably the last thing on his mind. So, yeah, this possible suspension thing is not much concern here.

What is of concern to the New England Patriots is getting out of paying Aaron Hernandez if he is guilty and ends up going to prison for a long time. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport writes that the clauses “failure to perform” and “failure to practice” clauses common with most NFL contracts that would make a contract like Hernandez’s void are not present in Hernandez’s deal, which means that the Patriots might not be off the hook for Hernandez’s 2013 and 2014 base salaries.

Take these two opinions as they will, but I believe that the Patriots will be able to get out of paying Hernandez if he is convicted of murder. In all honesty, I’m much more worried about the salary than Hernandez being suspended, unless if Goodell actually would want to suspend someone who wasn’t convicted (if that ends up being the case).

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  • Bennny K

    What do you think it would take for the Patriots to cut ties with Hernendez? All speculation here but if he pleads to a lesser charge with no jail time does he still wear a Pat jersey? From my stand point as an owner after what I have seen, I would not want Hernendez associated with my company (guilty or not guilty).

    • Bennny K

      Please excuse my question if it trivializes the murder of person.

      • Joe Soriano

        It’s all good, Benny, I know you are just asking from the perspective of the owner (no need to apologize or anything haha) and thanks for commenting. I would say that if Hernandez does get charged with a lesser crime with no jail time, then I think he still wears a Patriots jersey. This is because, if there is no jail time, he will just be suspended and the crime would not have been severe enough to release him. It’s a tough call and there is no right or wrong answer, but Hernandez being convicted of a lesser crime without jail time would be similar to Ray Lewis’s case. The Ravens didn’t cut ties with Lewis then, so my thinking is that the Pats would hold onto Hernandez. I would think that they would try to restructure his deal or something. This is a very difficult call, though, and you can appropriately justify either side of the token.

  • Joe Willie

    he’s going to jail quit dreaming boys– the evidence is clear he at least destroyed evidence in a cold blooded murder—maybe more. ;)

    • Joe Soriano

      We’ll see, and I fear that he is an accomplice to the murder. Let’s wait on making strong statements until more facts come out. But yes, I am leaning towards “guilty as an accomplice” right now, but that’s only a slight lean. Not enough facts yet.

      Fellow Joe, I appreciate you commenting on Musket Fire and enjoy your bringing a rival’s take (Jets fan, correct?), but please don’t come off as a blatant homer and Patriots-hater. I never trash on the Jets, and I hope you can have that mutual respect. If you don’t like something the Pats are doing etc., then that’s totally fine; I don’t agree with everything that happens in NE either. But please don’t say stuff like “BB that F’ing cheater”, because it just makes you look bad. We gotta keep these to constructive discussions. RE: Tebow, scratch “good HS QB” and turn it into “great college QB”. However, I do think his future in this league is not at QB, I’d be surprised if he stuck there.