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

Aaron Hernandez, Michael Fee 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.

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  1. my2cents27 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:15 PM

    I wonder what the Bengals are waiting for?

  2. jimmylions says: Jun 27, 2013 5:15 PM

    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.

  3. packattack1967 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:15 PM

    Paul Crewe will.

  4. randolph32 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:16 PM

    If the glove don’t fit, you have to acquit…or some speak like that

  5. ttommytom says: Jun 27, 2013 5:17 PM

    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?

  6. 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.

  7. richndc says: Jun 27, 2013 5:18 PM

    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.

  8. kylexitron says: Jun 27, 2013 5:18 PM

    It’s not nice to get Raider’s fans hopes up like this.

  9. mvp43 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:18 PM

    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.

  10. annes22 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:18 PM

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

  11. rickycubane says: Jun 27, 2013 5:19 PM

    So Hernadez scored a 13 on the wonderlic test and a 5 on the Bundy-Dahmer test

  12. mungman69 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:20 PM

    I’d sign him.

  13. mungman69 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:21 PM

    No job for Aaron.

  14. 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)

  15. reppster says: Jun 27, 2013 5:23 PM

    The raiders clearly haven’t got the news he’s available yet.

  16. larceneaux78 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:23 PM

    Even Titus Young thinks Hernandez is crazy

  17. fissels says: Jun 27, 2013 5:24 PM

    It’s interesting that Hernandez and Tim Tebow were on the Florida Gators together.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 27, 2013 5:24 PM

    Somehow I think this will shatter the record for most watched trial on TV in history.

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

    Every poster on PFT > Aaron Hernandez’s chance of playing in the NFL.

  20. bucrightoff says: Jun 27, 2013 5:28 PM

    You can bet if he gets acquitted that half or more of the teams in the league will be lining up to sign him. Talent > Character.

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:29 PM

    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.

  22. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:30 PM

    Leave it to the Patriot organization to steal the limelight from this intriguing NBA Draft. Typical New England. Can anyone name 3 players even eligible to be drafted?

  23. hansenbrothers says: Jun 27, 2013 5:31 PM

    He definitely did it

  24. tharoostah says: Jun 27, 2013 5:35 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 27, 2013 5:26 PM

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

  25. tim2200 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:37 PM

    The NFL will never have to act.

  26. dwest151515 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:38 PM

    Maybe someone will sign him if he becomes a wide receiver?

    **I had to; it hasn’t been said on this comment thread yet.

  27. eaglessuperfan says: Jun 27, 2013 5:39 PM

    What are they starting a prison league?

  28. justintuckrule says: Jun 27, 2013 5:39 PM

    Doesn’t surprise me. Goodell is gutless.

  29. nopepper123 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:41 PM

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

  30. larceneaux78 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:41 PM

    Court TV ratings are going up

  31. 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.

  32. leftygun says: Jun 27, 2013 5:44 PM

    What owner would want this scum representing his organization?

  33. kingknute says: Jun 27, 2013 5:45 PM

    The reason no one put in a waiver claim is because they are all afraid he will no longer be a “tight end”.

  34. breastfedted says: Jun 27, 2013 5:46 PM

    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.

  35. loubearkane says: Jun 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    Feel sorry for his newborn child.

  36. prideof10000lakes says: Jun 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    I blame roger goodell for all of this

  37. seaeagle707 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    Ya hear that, W.C. Ford? Now’s the time, bucko!

  38. cowboys317row9 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:51 PM

    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

  39. richndc says: Jun 27, 2013 5:57 PM

    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.

  40. biggestredmiami says: Jun 27, 2013 5:58 PM

    He suddenly even looks like a scary guy.

  41. skoobyfl says: Jun 27, 2013 6:02 PM

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

  42. jc327 says: Jun 27, 2013 6:04 PM

    From the look of things, the NFL doesn’t really need to worry about it.

  43. bennyb82 says: Jun 27, 2013 6:11 PM

    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?

  44. juliusanonymous says: Jun 27, 2013 6:12 PM

    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).

  45. bennyb82 says: Jun 27, 2013 6:14 PM

    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?

  46. grndizzle says: Jun 27, 2013 6:16 PM

    I would say a lot more than half the country thinks OJ did it.

  47. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 27, 2013 6:23 PM

    Hernandez was way ahead of Tony Gonzalez in receptions, yards, touchdowns by a tight end at the same age. Who knows what he could have done. Crazy.

  48. damnsureis says: Jun 27, 2013 6:23 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
    –_____________________________________

    If he played another down in the nfl he would. Vick was protested because he was able to return to an nfl team.

  49. TheWizard says: Jun 27, 2013 6:31 PM

    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.

  50. bjbanker11 says: Jun 27, 2013 6:48 PM

    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.

  51. thesteelers says: Jun 27, 2013 6:52 PM

    The NFL won’t need to act.

  52. wizahdry says: Jun 27, 2013 6:54 PM

    How long til WWE signs him?

  53. GenXJay says: Jun 27, 2013 6:55 PM

    In Muenster-talk, that means cheese bay is stuck with Finley.

  54. mikebyrne1502 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:05 PM

    Luckily this is a court of public opinion and not an actual court room, because most people already know (I mean think) he’s guilty.

  55. exnihilo1983 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:22 PM

    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?

  56. steelcurtainn says: Jun 27, 2013 7:48 PM

    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.

  57. bullcharger says: Jun 27, 2013 8:12 PM

    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)

    ———————

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

  58. bengalguy says: Jun 27, 2013 9:10 PM

    The Lions know he’s been released right?

  59. cavafox says: Jun 27, 2013 9:59 PM

    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.
    ————–
    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.

  60. dynaco says: Jun 27, 2013 10:10 PM

    Oh goodie, the Pats can resign for cheap. Just like with Tebow.

  61. joetoronto says: Jun 28, 2013 3:58 AM

    There’s only one owner that would go near this guy, Mike Brown of the Bungals.

  62. steeler13fan says: Jun 28, 2013 12:10 PM

    I heard the Ravens want to sign him. They are weak in the murderer position since they had one retire last season.

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