The New England Patriots continue to be dragged down into this Aaron Hernandez business, even though they released him some time ago.
Yesterday, a team lawyer said that the Patriots don’t owe anything to the former tight end. (All quotes from the Boston Herald)
Attorney Andrew Phelan said the team terminated its contract with Hernandez shortly after he was charged last year in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He said the team does not believe it owes Hernandez a $3.25 million contract signing bonus.
Hernandez is being charged with three murders, one from last June, and the other from a double-murder in Boston back in 2012. The families of the two Boston men don’t want Hernandez to receive any money from New England:
The families’ lawyer, William Kennedy, asked for an order barring the Patriots from paying Hernandez the $3.25 million if the team is ever ordered to do so by an arbitrator. According to the lawsuit filed by Kennedy, Hernandez has filed a grievance seeking the money, plus $82,000 he says is owed to him by the team.
Here is what Hernandez’s lawyer had to say:
Hernandez’s attorney, John Fitzpatrick, argued in court papers that the attempt to prevent the team from paying Hernandez is “fundamentally unfair” because Hernandez needs the money to pay for his defense in the three killings and the civil cases.
I am clueless on how the law works, but I don’t think it would be right for Hernandez, someone being charged for murder, to receive millions of dollars from his former employer. We will see how this situation works out.