NFL won’t act on Hernandez until someone tries to sign him

AP

At at time when the authorities and the Patriots have taken stunning and decisive action against Aaron Hernandez, the National Football League has done nothing.

The NFL will continue to do nothing, until it has a reason to do something.

“NFL clubs were advised today that if Aaron Hernandez enters into a player contract prior to the resolution of the charges pending against him, the contract will not be approved or take effect until Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a hearing,” the league said in a statement forwarded to PFT by NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.  “The purpose of the hearing would be to determine whether Hernandez should be suspended or face other action prior to the charges being resolved.”

The league’s position makes sense.  Why suspend a guy who is unemployed, and currently unemployable?  The league’s stance makes teams even less likely to be interested in Hernandez, since it makes clear that, if anyone tries to give the guy a job, they’ll first have to deal with persuading Goodell to let them employ Hernandez.

As a result, Hernandez’s status won’t be relevant unless and until he is cleared on murder charges.  And things could get interesting if he’s acquitted in an O.J. Simpson-style outcome, where half of the country or more believes that, even though he was found not guilty, he still did it.

62 responses to “NFL won’t act on Hernandez until someone tries to sign him

  1. Let’s hope the prosecution never again bungles anything like they did the OJ case. I’m one of the few who believe OJ did it and the jury found the correct verdict.

  2. Half the country or more? How about 90%.

    Will Aaron be writing a book “If I did it” to convince the other 10% he is guilty?

  3. Supposing he is found not guilty on all counts, wouldn’t that be enough not to warrant further punishment from the NFL? It’s as if Goodell thinks he’s above the criminal justice system.

  4. Already the OJ card is played. Hey folks, speculation aside, they have not even set a trial date. If he did it, he will be rightfully convicted. Now to resume speculation: this looks like to me the NFL’s way of saying “stick a fork in this guy”. Just like the Pats pre-emptively sending him packing. Another day, another pile of things that seem to be stacking against this used-to-be-football-player. All signs point to sociopath.

  5. Makes sense.

    Not only does A-Hern have this little case worry about, he has 2 others pending and who knows what else is in the pipeline. He’ll be popping liverspot pills before he sees the light of day- if ever.

  6. Why would anyone even consider signing him?? You would have to be stupid, the guys in jail, and hopefully for a long time.

  7. Oh and this dude better be protested and hated 150 times more than michael vick… as a dog owner the media made it seem like vick killed 5 ppl and not 5 dogs (im sure that dog number is not accurate but seriously)

  8. Goodell should just ban him for life and not bother with anything less than that.

    Make it very clear to Hernandez that there is zero for him in the NFL in the future if he gets to have one outside of prison.

  9. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 27, 2013 5:26 PM

    Every poster on PFT > Aaron Hernandez’s chance of playing in the NFL.
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    This is very true. Especially considering that Jay Cutler posts on here using a couple different aliases.

  10. I just want to know when is someone going to finally talk about how this effects his Fantasy value?

  11. This is an outrage that my tax dollars are going towards the prosecution of Hernandez. As an NFL player he makes enough money that he should pay for it, plus he doesn’t even pay taxes on the millions he does make since as an illegal he would have to be paid under the table by the Patriots. As a hard working taxpayer I will not stand for this.

  12. Patriot42 says:
    Jun 27, 2013 5:42 PM
    The raiders or the cowboys will try to sign him. Either hasn’t seen a player that they don’t like even if he is a murderer.

    Says the fan from the organization that didnt pass on the “Patriot Killer” Killing one gang banger at a time a true American Patriot NOT

  13. It was just reported that Hernandez asked his lawyer if it would be “cool” to go ahead and get those 3 teardrop tattoos on his left cheek. This guy can’t be called very bright.

  14. I bet after a pyscho evaluation, he’ll be deemed insane. No other explanation for throwing your easy life away.

  15. Can the Patriots sign him to a new contract that would nullify the old one…thus maybe make it easier to recoup some of their investment?

  16. This seems unnecessary. It’s looking extremely unlikely that Hernandez will see the outside of a prison cell for the rest of his life. Does the NFL really believe that any team would try to sign him? And who would take the PR hit by signing this moron? There’s a reason he went through waivers with the only activity being some tumbleweed rolling down the streets of Boston (before multiple gunshots were fired at it from a gray SUV).

  17. Isn’t there a movie where a football player runs through some tackles and then whips out a handgun? The Last Boy Scout or something?

  18. Oh and this dude better be protested and hated 150 times more than michael vick… as a dog owner the media made it seem like vick killed 5 ppl and not 5 dogs (im sure that dog number is not accurate but seriously
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    If he played another down in the nfl he would. Vick was protested because he was able to return to an nfl team.

  19. The speculation can be interesting, but this story is over in regard to his NFL career.

    He’s going away and won’t be back any time soon.

  20. If the NFL takes no action, does that mean the Pats have to pay him? I am sure the Pats want a suspension so they can go after the money.

  21. Is this really any different than Ray Lewis? Hell, he murdered a dude and we still let him stay to win a championship. How is it fair to black ball one murderer, but not the other? Does Hernandez have to find Christ first before he can come back?

  22. Acquittal or not, after all this mess nobody would be crazy to sign this guy. That won’t be happening anyways. I’d be running the other way, in the event, he tried to play on the Bristol County Football team.

  23. rickycubane says:Jun 27, 2013 5:22 PM

    Oh and this dude better be protested and hated 150 times more than michael vick… as a dog owner the media made it seem like vick killed 5 ppl and not 5 dogs (im sure that dog number is not accurate but seriously)

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    Vick was protested because people were actually feeling sorry for him and supporting him. Everyone will hate Hernandez… nothing to protest.

  24. flipola says:
    Jun 27, 2013 5:17 PM
    Supposing he is found not guilty on all counts, wouldn’t that be enough not to warrant further punishment from the NFL? It’s as if Goodell thinks he’s above the criminal justice system.
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    Nope. Goodell acts outside of the criminal justice system. You don’t need to be guilty or even charged of a crime for Goodell to suspens you for breaking the personal conduct policy.

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