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Pats officially shut off any remaining pay to Hernandez

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned in court in Attleborough, Massachusetts Reuters

As expected, the Patriots will not willingly pay another penny to Aaron Hernandez.

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, whose article is unfortunately trapped behind a pay wall, the Patriots have “voided” all remaining guaranteed money due and owing to Hernandez.

This includes $2.5 million in future guaranteed base salaries and the final $3.25 million installment of his already-earned $12.5 million signing bonus.  Per Volin, the Patriots also will refuse to pay $200,000 for workout and roster bonuses earned this year.

“It was guaranteed for skill and injury, but it wasn’t guaranteed for personal conduct that cast the club in a negative light, and that’s why we cut him,” an unnamed team source told Volin. “We know the CBA. We are well within our rights.”

As to the $2.5 million in guaranteed base salaries, there will be no fight from Hernandez or the NFLPA.  Multiple sources on both sides of the issue have told PFT that salary guaranteed for injury, skill, and salary cap can be voided if a player is cut for conduct unbecoming to the team.

But the Hernandez camp will argue strenuously that the Patriots have no right to withhold the $3.25 million in deferred signing bonus money.  The money already has been earned.  Just like the $9.25 million Hernandez already has received, he technically should get the remaining $3.25 million.

“That is as clear in his favor as the base salary issues is for the team,” said a source with knowledge of Hernandez’s position.  “If the team tries to fight it they will lose, 100 percent.”

Hernandez’s position appears to be the correct one, as to the $3.25 million.  It’s also likely that the $82,000 workout bonus must be paid, since Hernandez showed up and earned it.  Ditto for the $118,000 roster bonus.

That doesn’t mean the team has to voluntarily cut the check.  Even though the Patriots may lose, they are going to force Hernandez to fight for the money.

The team’s refusal to pay Hernandez another penny meshes with the organization’s decision to behave as if he never existed, dropping him from the team, scrubbing his stats from the official website, and launching a jersey exchange program allowing fans to trade a Hernandez jersey for a different one.

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  1. raybguilty says: Jun 29, 2013 9:37 AM

    Save a seat for Ray, Aaron. He may never show, but there is a place for him right next to you in history

  2. green41563 says: Jun 29, 2013 9:40 AM

    “Man, Hernandez is a terrible human being.”

    — Rae Carruth

  3. vnailer22 says: Jun 29, 2013 9:40 AM

    The “Aaron Hernandez Who?” justification I guess.

  4. zn0rseman says: Jun 29, 2013 9:40 AM

    Why isn’t Kraft sending teams of lawyers to Hernandez and his friends, like Art Model did for the double murderer whose statue now stands before the entrance to the Ravens stadium? Could it be that Kraft has morals unlike Model?

  5. blackngold4life says: Jun 29, 2013 9:41 AM

    So guaranteed $ isn’t guaranteed? Unless there’s a “No Jail” clause in his contract he should be paid..I don’t think the Brady Bunch will win this episode.

  6. Wisconsin77 says: Jun 29, 2013 9:44 AM

    Hernandez’s mom and fiancee better start looking for jobs. The easy life is over!

  7. matthoward85 says: Jun 29, 2013 9:47 AM

    Any money he retains will go to lawyers or will be lost in the civil suit.

  8. truthfactory says: Jun 29, 2013 9:49 AM

    So you draft a known gang member that everyone else passed on at least 3 times, and then you’re shocked and appauled when he acts like a gang member? SMH

  9. annes22 says: Jun 29, 2013 9:50 AM

    If he gets paid, he should send it to the families of the people he has murdered. He won’t need it in jail.

  10. cdawg1969 says: Jun 29, 2013 9:51 AM

    Not a fan of the Patriots at all, but I love the way this organization has handled the entire situation. To hell with these athletes that think they are above the law and their money can buy them out of everything. Now if only Jerry Jones would do the same to Brent…

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 29, 2013 9:51 AM

    The Patriots might be banking on Hernandez not going after the money because he knows he’ll just have to pay it out as part of a civil suit.

  12. whywerule says: Jun 29, 2013 9:51 AM

    Whatever additional money the Hernandez camp receives from the Patriots will just end up in the vacation homes of his lawyers with maybe some to the families of his victims. Unfortunately that leaves the child he fathered with getting nothing from her dad.

  13. FoozieGrooler says: Jun 29, 2013 9:52 AM

    The jerseys will all wind up going to Nicaragua to the same poor kids who to this day are still wondering “Who the hell are the New England Patriots, and what does 19-0 mean?”

  14. pats777 says: Jun 29, 2013 9:55 AM

    It’s not behind the paywall for us folks who haven’t touched the Globe website in years (for good reason). As for Hernandez, there’s a lot of us who wish we never heard of him at this point.

  15. dynaco says: Jun 29, 2013 10:02 AM

    Making him fight for his own earned money is the Patriot way. See ya in court!

  16. legeisyaj says: Jun 29, 2013 10:03 AM

    Wait, has he been found guilty? No. Not yet anyways. Let the process run its course and then we can all go nuts on this person.

  17. Canyonero says: Jun 29, 2013 10:08 AM

    Good for the Patriots! Even if that loathsome killer is due some money, contractually, the team is going to make him sue for it.

    Pats may lose the lawsuit but lawyers sure are expensive, aren’t they.

  18. demjoneses says: Jun 29, 2013 10:21 AM

    I’m shocked by how many people will even try to make a connection between this case and Ray Lewis. If the prosecutor thought he had a case against a young black male for murder do you think he’d let that young black male plea down to an obstruction charge?

    Didn’t Ray Lewis testify for the prosecution team?

    Didn’t the guys get off for self defense?

    Doesn’t it stand to reason if Ray did do anything it was in self defense?

    I may be wrong but if the prosecution team let Ray plea down to obstruction, if Ray testified for the prosecution (against his buddies) if said buddies got off for self defense how can it be said Ray is a murderer?

    Oh I forgot most of you don’t think for yourselves and allowed the Media to form your opinion for you.

  19. macneil4025 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:23 AM

    I dont doubt he is guilty, but we should all be scared to death to see an employer treat an employee like they are guilty without ever getting his day in court, sad state of America and its legal system!!

  20. jjrs89 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:26 AM

    its bad enough that this hernandez ordeal has turned this website into TMZ, flooding us with a lot of unnecessary updates but this is a bit much.

    They stopped paying him? Of course they did. How is this a worthy story on a website dedicated to pro football? I understand it’s a big event but he is no longer an NFL player so these minute by minute updates really need to stop and report something worth reading. It makes me sad to know these stories are something you’re making money off of.

  21. scoobies05 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:27 AM

    maybe its because the ravens did their research and realized ray didnt do the things he was accused of? and apparently georgia agreed because all charges were dropped. so read up and get educated before you post.

  22. ty46 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:28 AM

    I just hope they don’t get salary cap help from the league.

  23. jda129 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:35 AM

    Hernandez’ new income stream – toilet winery.

  24. costpet says: Jun 29, 2013 10:40 AM

    Hernandez is just a gang banger who happens to play football. Big contracts aren’t going to change that.

    People forget that OJ was also a gang leader in LA. That mentality doesn’t change just because you become rich and famous.

    That’s why the NFL places a premium on character issues. It’s hard to change your stripes.

    These guys go from famous to infamous. Ray Lewis was involved in a double murder and got out of it because of his football talent. If he was a regular guy, he’s probably in jail right now.

  25. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jun 29, 2013 10:43 AM

    Pats may want to expunge this thing called…”Aaron Hernandez”…but it will hang on this team (like spygate) for a very long time.

    They’ve learned nothing from their own person history of the Christian Peter episode.

    “The Patriot Weight…”

  26. mikes112291 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:45 AM

    Gonk speaks. Who did what to who. ?Aaron who? C’mon I’m going to Vegas

  27. atl9pd says: Jun 29, 2013 10:47 AM

    The Patriots knew what they were getting into when they signed him. He had a bad reputation and was a known drug offender, as well as having a questionable character. I have no sympathy for them or Hernandez. Let the chips fall where they may.

  28. apkyletexas says: Jun 29, 2013 10:50 AM

    >”According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, whose article is unfortunately trapped behind a pay wall”

    =======================

    Google Chrome in Incognito mode – defeats that nasty paywall every time.

  29. apkyletexas says: Jun 29, 2013 10:57 AM

    Pat’s exec – “We had no inside knowledge,” the source said. “Did it matter to us? No. We were not going to have somebody on the team that’s close to a murder.”

    ============================

    WTH?? Donte Stallworth? Anyone? Anyone?

    The dude pled GUILTY to DUI manslaughter, and you brought him back to the team – because he could stretch a defense. How is that not worse than an obstruction of justice charge? He killed a guy, acknowledged it, spent a year in jail, and paid off the family.

    Typical 2-faced Pats management/coaching.

  30. devdar25 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:57 AM

    It’s amazing all these loser patriot fans keep bring Ray Lewis up, the Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl champions and we whipped you guys in the AFC title game, so take that and shut up, you guys are cheaters and you guys actually do have a criminal on your team, The ravens are a class organization you guys will never win another Super Bowl again #baltimorebetterthanyou

  31. tonyc920 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    First, the team of lawyers will go after the Pats for the cash. He earned it and they want it so they can get paid. They might as well dish ut the cash or they might end up paying damages and expenses too.
    Secondly, There should be NO COMPARISON to Ray Lewis. Yes he was involved in something bad, but this Hernandez thing is gangland style and he pulled the trigger.
    Don’t get me wrong, Ray was NOT 100% INNOCENT but this Hernandez thing is way over the top of what Ray was involved in.

  32. trublazer says: Jun 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    as a normal person in society I applaud everything the Pats have done to distance themselves from this fool! I’m also a Dolphins fan, and I still applaud the Pats… this had nothing to do with football.. and honestly, I don’t know how all these people can make fun of what is a sad situation.

  33. lennydpocketqb says: Jun 29, 2013 11:10 AM

    Feels like its Tanny’s division now.

  34. petedutcherjr says: Jun 29, 2013 11:13 AM

    I think we all know even if they paid him he would not get to keep it. So they are really hurting the victims families by not paying,.

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 29, 2013 11:15 AM

    scoobies05 says:
    Jun 29, 2013 10:27 AM
    maybe its because the ravens did their research and realized ray didnt do the things he was accused of? and apparently georgia agreed because all charges were dropped. so read up and get educated before you post.

    18 42 I guess we will get educated when you present the white suit you so casually ignor or discount the importance of. Georgia justice is what saved Ray….not so the two dead guys, but hey Ravens fans don’t care about two dead guys we got our Lombardi’s. ….pathetic.

  36. diehardgiantsfan says: Jun 29, 2013 11:18 AM

    Hernendez will win this because it’s guaranteed money. Also, Belichik the GM had the option to give Aaron a contract with almost nothing in gauranteed money knowing about his past. He placed a bet and guessed wrong. A non-guaranteed contract also would’ve forced him on the right track if he chose the NFL as a career over being a wannabe gangsta. It’s not like all of the teams don’t encounter similar situations in drafting players. The first contract won’t ruin a team because these guys fall out of the first round.

  37. tominma says: Jun 29, 2013 11:23 AM

    Very often there is a clause in NFL contracts that allows a team to go after repayment of the signing bonus in cases like this! Wonder if that is true for this case!

  38. wozzmann1955 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:26 AM

    Sad to say but there is a pattern starting to develop here where the wealthy athlete believes he can get away with his crimes because he can afford legal rep that can beat the charges.And he is correct, because that’s the way our legal system works. Money will get him out of a fair conviction whereas a man that can not afford a team of lawyers will sit the harshest penalty for the same crime.

  39. CKL says: Jun 29, 2013 11:28 AM

    devdar25 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:57 AM

    It’s amazing all these loser patriot fans keep bring Ray Lewis up, the Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl champions and we whipped you guys in the AFC title game, so take that and shut up, you guys are cheaters and you guys actually do have a criminal on your team, The ravens are a class organization you guys will never win another Super Bowl again #baltimorebetterthanyou
    _________________________________
    Man it really bothers some Ravens fans that they wouldn’t have their great GM without my team’s HC putting him in position to learn when they were both in Cle. And they may not have their HC without my team’s HC recommending him to Ravens management.#begratefunotbitter

    I’ve read elsewhere, not sure where that when AH signed his extension part of it was he guaranteed he had not up until that date done anything that would affect his future team availability. I’d say that the murders that went down in July 2012, the month before he signed his extensions would give the Pats their out, if that clause is true.

  40. nananatman says: Jun 29, 2013 11:29 AM

    Damn, even through in a jersey exchange, that is effective scrubbing.

  41. aljack88 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:31 AM

    scoobies05 says:
    Jun 29, 2013 10:27 AM
    maybe its because the ravens did their research and realized ray didnt do the things he was accused of? and apparently georgia agreed because all charges were dropped. so read up and get educated before you post.
    ————————————————————–
    The prosecution never dropped their charges. Oakly and Sweeting were acquitted in court, Lewis is still guilty of obstruction of justice.

    Facing civil lawsuits from both families of the murdered victims for $10 million and $13 million, Lewis settled out of court agreements with both families for undisclosed amounts of money. Looks like Lewis didn’t have all that much faith in the courts of law.

  42. kenstabler says: Jun 29, 2013 11:41 AM

    I just want the tuck rule reversed, that was the greatest crime committed in human history.

  43. Giantspunk213 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:44 AM

    Can Hernandez earn his workout bonus if he lifts weights everyday in the prison yard?

  44. wethree32012 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:48 AM

    There’s something particularly cowardly about businesses and people rushing to distance themselves from others who get in trouble with the law or saying something that’s not politically correct.

  45. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:50 AM

    truthfactory says:

    So you draft a known gang member that everyone else passed on at least 3 times, and then you’re shocked and appauled when he acts like a gang member?
    ___________________

    As if another team wouldn’t have drafted him further down in the draft if the Pats hadn’t.

    **************

    WTH?? Donte Stallworth? Anyone? Anyone?

    The dude pled GUILTY to DUI manslaughter, and you brought him back to the team – because he could stretch a defense. How is that not worse than an obstruction of justice charge? He killed a guy, acknowledged it, spent a year in jail, and paid off the family.
    ___________________

    Yes lets distort the facts so that you can bash on the Pats.

    There was video of the guy jumping out into a busy highway, and under Florida law Stallworth could probably have gone to court and beat the charges. It was clear from the video that even with no alcohol in his blood that virtually anyone would have hit the guy the way he jumped into traffic.

    Instead of fighting it and crying like most NFL players when they’re busted, Stallworth accepted his punishment like a man, took his suspension from the league like a man, and paid the guy’s family enough money so they would be able to live comfortably.

    You had better pray that if you’re ever caught in the kind of situation that Stallworth was involved in that the people dealing with you will have some compassion and understanding instead of raw vitriol in their blood like you have.

  46. restonraven says: Jun 29, 2013 12:02 PM

    The prosecution never dropped their charges. Oakly and Sweeting were acquitted in court, Lewis is still guilty of obstruction of justice.

    Facing civil lawsuits from both families of the murdered victims for $10 million and $13 million, Lewis settled out of court agreements with both families for undisclosed amounts of money. Looks like Lewis didn’t have all that much faith in the courts of law.
    ________________________

    Gee, why would a black man ever have faith in the Georgia judicial system? People settle civil suits all the time to avoid protracted litigation. Settlement is not an admission of guilt. I worked for an insurance company and we settled cases daily to avoid trials, PR and additional costs even if we thought we could win a slam dunk defense verdict. In any event, there is no comparison between Ray and Hernandez’s case. Georgia had nothing, filed the biggest charge they could think of and then worked their way down. Opposing fans act like Ray jumped out of the bushes and knifed two innocent Boy Scouts rambling down the street. Ray didn’t do it, but witnessed it, got blood on his suit so he tossed it. Not a smart move. He did time served in jail (the only one). Charges were pressed, and after investigating they realized they had no evidence pointing to Ray as the killer, so they made a deal. He testified against his buddies, and plead to a misdemeanor since it was his first and only offense. His buddies went on trial, and after 5 hours of deliberation (which isn’t very long for a double murder) they were acquitted based on self defense since the victims had pulled out guns and fired shots.

    THATS IT. This was a very high profile case. If the DA had any evidence at all that Ray killed anyone, there is no way they would have let him plea down to a misdemeanor. Ray screwed up, big time. However there is not and has never been a shred of evidence that points to him being the killer. None. In fact evidence showed that he attempted to diffuse the situation before it escalated. The Ravens were RIGHT to stand up for him based on THE FACTS.

    So, if you want to continue to call him a murderer, a phony, or whatever else you want to drum up, go for it. Just know that it is based on your own personal negative bias against him stemming from your own reasons, and certainly not on any actual evidence.

    Now – with respect to Ben Rapeyberger……

  47. aljack88 says: Jun 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    kenstabler says:
    Jun 29, 2013 11:41 AM
    I just want the tuck rule reversed, that was the greatest crime committed in human history.
    ————————————————————
    A bit off subject, but your name doesn’t fit your posting. The “roughing the QB” call by Ben Dreith, along with the rest of the “officiating” in the 1976 playoff game between the Raiders and Pats was the worst playoff travesty of the NFL.

  48. mnsnownami says: Jun 29, 2013 12:09 PM

    Ray Lewis may have gotten away with it on earth, but the man upstairs knows what he did, and that’s really what matters

  49. costpet says: Jun 29, 2013 12:15 PM

    Well, Ray did try to obstruct justice. Wonder why? Was he cut by the Ravens for that? Of course not. He was too valuable.

    When the Patriots cut Hernandez, they only thought he’d be charged with obstruction of justice, not murder. They knew the right thing to do.

    The Ravens? Well, they’d sell their soul for a championship. It worked. Welcome to Hell boys.

  50. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 29, 2013 12:17 PM

    Cheapo trash franchise.

    They have your back in the good times.

    They stab your back in the bad times.

    Players will remember this, Leatherface Bob and Bellyache Bill.

  51. gnk950 says: Jun 29, 2013 12:20 PM

    Many people saying he will get his $$$ bak are missing the point. If u strip him of all his financial resources, his defense may take a hit. Pats don’t want their money paying for his defense. They know he won’t come after the money now since he’ll be busy with this case. Even though he earned the workout bonus, I have no problem withy them with holding the pay. Can’t be any worse than destroying cameras or recording equipment. How’s it feel to be wronged Aaron?

  52. bostoncommon says: Jun 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    be confused between being “behind a pay wall” (which it wasn’t, and the story was yesterday) and having to register for boston.com. That’s free. Takes a minute. Just do it and you won’t be frustrated at the non-existent pay walls.

  53. jyoung1891 says: Jun 29, 2013 12:25 PM

    “People forget that OJ was also a gang leader in LA. That mentality doesn’t change just because you become rich and famous.”

    Actually, they SHOULD forget it. Simpson was born and raised in San Francisco. He came to LA to go to USC after his two years at San Francisco City College.

  54. vailbunny says: Jun 29, 2013 12:29 PM

    It’s about time. He makes Michael Vick , the NFL player who tortured and killed pit bulls that did not win in his dog fighting ring – look like a choir boy. What a terrible person.

  55. radrntn says: Jun 29, 2013 12:45 PM

    what a complete bonehead

  56. immafubared says: Jun 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    If I had one of his Jerseys, I would put stripes on it and a prison number. That would be cool.

  57. chi01town says: Jun 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    If you wanna dance ” you have to pay the band” If you want a TE ” you have to pay the man” the Pats took the chance that Aaron wouldnt
    screw up. But he did so pay him what you owe him and move on quietly. or fight him and stay connected with a murder case. that contract wont change and the Pats will lose

  58. immafubared says: Jun 29, 2013 1:07 PM

    Me thinks the third guy who voluntarily turned himself in, did not do any shooting but knows who did and will get the deal to squeal.

    They got a the car from the double homicide last year in Boston. It was found in Hernandez uncle’s garage.
    Ooops!

  59. stew48 says: Jun 29, 2013 1:11 PM

    Just in case you didn’t notice. The Pats have offered exchanges for AH jerseys, for another player’s. There is no loss here for the Pats, since they maintain a profit from the original sale. My suggestion would have been to offer a refund or a premium credit for anything else available.

  60. pitch87mph says: Jun 29, 2013 1:23 PM

    I’m all for the symbolic gestures of “cutting ties” with this guy, but scrubbing the stats is not only petty, it’s stupid! So it never happened? Did they also scrub the related stats for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense? Are we going to go back and scrub all the games and rework the win-loss records? It borders on the absurd, not to mention, creates major data reconciliation problems. If they want to remove his name? Fine. Replace his name with “TE – 2″ or something. But covering one’s ears and yelling “nah nah nah nah… I can’t hear you”… well… it just seems a bit childish.

  61. nofunleague says: Jun 29, 2013 1:34 PM

    The shirts are being exchanged 1 for 2 for Teebow Jersies

  62. pinion8ted says: Jun 29, 2013 1:42 PM

    scoobies05 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:27 AM

    maybe its because the ravens did their research and realized ray didnt do the things he was accused of
    ———————————————————-
    Then where’s the white suit????

  63. mkos4513 says: Jun 29, 2013 1:43 PM

    Just curious, if there are any AH supporters that would be stupid enough to wear his jersey to a game and how the Patriots would handle it.

  64. wwwmattcom says: Jun 29, 2013 1:45 PM

    Give Hernandez his money and be done with it.
    Unless you want more news with “Hernandez” and “Patriots” in the headlines.
    I think that’s the best way to forget about him.

  65. hdahs143 says: Jun 29, 2013 1:45 PM

    raybguilty says: Jun 29, 2013 9:37 AM

    Save a seat for Ray, Aaron. He may never show, but there is a place for him right next to you in history
    ======================================

    You B misinformed and incredibly unoriginal.

  66. tedmurph says: Jun 29, 2013 1:47 PM

    Just in case you didn’t notice stew48, the Pats are giving away a jersey they could have sold for full price.

  67. pinion8ted says: Jun 29, 2013 1:50 PM

    tonyc920 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:00 AM
    Secondly, There should be NO COMPARISON to Ray Lewis. Yes he was involved in something bad, but this Hernandez thing is gangland style and he pulled the trigger.
    ———————————————————
    You were THERE??

    You SAW that???

    No?

    Well guess what, buttercup; no one was there to say Ray DIDN’T plunge that knife into anybody.

    The Ray Lewis case is EXACTLY the same thing as Aaron Hernandez, and this Patriots fan thinks they BOTH deserve to die in jail.

    The only reason Ray didn’t, was because he found someone else to take the fall when he ratted them out.

    If Hernandez somehow pulls off the same stunt, he deserves to get back on the field every bit as much as Lewis did, not that I hope he does.

  68. pinion8ted says: Jun 29, 2013 2:00 PM

    thegreatgabbert says: Jun 29, 2013 12:17 PM

    Cheapo trash franchise.

    They have your back in the good times.

    They stab your back in the bad times.

    Players will remember this, Leatherface Bob and Bellyache Bill.
    ———————————————————

    What, if I’m going to be an NFL player who goes out and murders people, I’d better be on a different team, then?

    Right, because most teams WOULD defend a murderer, right?

  69. rossr1016 says: Jun 29, 2013 2:10 PM

    Seems like everyone here is more worried talking about Ray or defending Ray. This isnt a patriot VS baltimore blog people.. Hernandez is a piece of crap regardless and Ray will deal with his maker when the time comes. Any updates on hernandez trial would be great. Hopefully this story is on TV so I can see Nancy Grace get a piece of em!

  70. rossr1016 says: Jun 29, 2013 2:15 PM

    Comparing a possible serial killer to a drunken bar fight is pretty stupid tho so just think of how dumb you sound to everyone when you say hernandez case is EXACTLY the same as Rays because its not at all. That makes 5 people that we know of that he tried to kill. We have evidence that he killed three. The 4th man lived and lost his eye and he was investigated in college as a main suspect of a murder which now im almost thinking he did ( which makes 5). ROTT IN HELL HERNANDEZ

  71. southdaytona says: Jun 29, 2013 2:19 PM

    Don’t worry, Aaron, things gonna be ok.

    OJ and Ray

  72. deathonwings410 says: Jun 29, 2013 2:29 PM

    The Patriots have a damn serial killer on their team and all their idiotic fans can do is talk about a two-time SB champion, sure-fire first-ballot HOFer Ray Lewis. What pathetic little people they are. Lmao!!!

  73. jjbadd385 says: Jun 29, 2013 2:49 PM

    Actually, what my pops used to tell me immediately comes to mind…”2 wrongs dont make a right”… if he earned it, then pay him. I’m not at all inclined to defend AH, but withholding any money owed to him just #1- makes the Pats wrong for doing so, and #2- prolongs the Pats name being publicly linked to AH…..just pay him and let the relationship die.

  74. denverdude7 says: Jun 29, 2013 2:54 PM

    I couldn’t care less if the Patriots pay Hernandez or not. I do care if they receive salary cap relief in any form because of it though.

    They knew what they were getting into when they took the gamble of drafting him. They gambled and they lost. Too bad, it happens.

  75. scoobies05 says: Jun 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    dont know where the white suit is. he probably panicked and tossed it. it amazes me that people still talk about this 13 years later. every thing points to the fact that ray lewis had nothing to do with this and that the men who died started the whole thing. im sure the suit had blood on it and ray did the wrong thing by tossing it. so he was guilty of a misdeameanor obstruction charge. the state was soooo convinced of his guilt they dropped all other charges. feel free to read the case and offer facts to dispute rather than opinions

  76. thebigtim2012 says: Jun 29, 2013 3:04 PM

    The pats are absolutely taking a loss in the jersey exchange only one jersey was paid for you twit. It’s not like they can magically reprint another name on the jersey. As far as the money that they recover I hope they donate a large portion to pay for the funeral of the man that was killed. In no way do I want anything to be of any benefit to ah but perhaps some sort of trust to fund his daughters college education. This lil girls life is gonna be hell.

  77. bkight13 says: Jun 29, 2013 3:16 PM

    For all you CSI wannabe detectives, the white suit is irrelevant. Ray was there, everyone acknowledges that much. Even if the attackers blood was on the suit it wouldn’t matter. His friends were acquitted of murder because EVERY witness said they were attacked with deadly force and had every right to defend themselves. Their limo was riddled with bullet holes. Which one of you guys would stick around as gang bangers were shooting at you for the police to arrive?

    Ray was guilty for initially lying to the police, that’s it. He later testified in the murder trial for the prosecution and I REPEAT, both of his friends were acquitted. Get over it. He hasn’t been in one bit of trouble for the last 13 years, more than most of you can probably say.

  78. chawkup says: Jun 29, 2013 3:20 PM

    As a fan of neither the Patriots nor the Ravens, I think that the decision made by the Ravens to stick by Ray Lewis was the right decision and I think the decision by the Patriots to dump Aaron Hernandez was the right one. I don’t understand the apparent compulsive need of fans from these two teams to bash the crap out of the other team for their decision. We all have seen plenty of evidence to justify the Pats decision on AH; if they were standing by him at this point, we would all be ripping them to shreds. With respect to Ray Lewis, I really encourage those who thrash the Ravens to spend some time and research the issue. There is almost no evidence to support the conclusion that he killed anyone. Nor is there any evidence that he incited the violence. There just isn’t. Yes, he may have obstructed justice by ditching his clothes, but that does not make him a killer. He was a black man in Georgia; his actions were wrong but they weren’t entirely illogical and they do not make him a killer. Before accusing someone of murder, even on an anonymous comment board, do a little bit of research. I, for one, commend the decisions made by both teams.

  79. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 29, 2013 3:25 PM

    Actually Kraft can profit from that deal if he wants to. Kraft can just lie and say he burned them all after they are turned in and then 30 years from now when they show up on eBay they will be worth a fortune. His great-grandson could make millions off of just selling AH jerseys for a school project.

  80. bkight13 says: Jun 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    Signing bonuses aren’t considered payment for play already earned. It’s an accounting trick that is used to lower the salary cap hit and is prorated over the length of the contract. If a player retires the team can recover most of the signing bonus, like Barry Sanders and getting your contract voided for illegal activity seems like grounds for recovery as well. If I ran the Patriots I would not only refuse to pay another dime, I would go after the signing bonus that was already paid. Put all those fancy lawyers on retainer to use and at least make Hernandez fight and pay for it.

  81. dlbpatsfan says: Jun 29, 2013 3:59 PM

    Aaron Hernandez? Whose that? Yeah I don’t know of any Hernandez.

  82. bryans49ers says: Jun 29, 2013 4:23 PM

    Robert Kraft is a liberal and they act on emotion rather than the law and make up rules as they go. The wisest move Kraft can make is to pay the man what the agreed contract stipulates despite what Kraft now thinks of Aaron and be done.

  83. 1historian says: Jun 29, 2013 4:42 PM

    This is a smart move by the pats.

    They will eventually have to pony up the money but that’s way down the road – right now it’s a good move for publicity purposes.

  84. joowishy says: Jun 29, 2013 4:52 PM

    In a Browns fan, and I’m so proud of Pats organization. They refuse to put up with Hernandez. They will spend money on lawyers to keep him from getting money. Meanwhile, Jerry Jones will keep a player who killed a teammate. Then fails multiple drug tests, continuing his pattern of substance abuse. COWBOYS should be ASHAMED of themselves. Good for you Bob Kraft.

  85. dkhhuey says: Jun 29, 2013 5:00 PM

    Hernandez – You’re an idiot!!! Ah, but at least your gangsta rep is still intact! I’m sure having that and your very long prison sentence is more important that freedom, cash, women, and a future!

  86. marima07 says: Jun 29, 2013 7:25 PM

    Aaron Hernandez’s stats are still listed on the Patriots.com website – but it’s in the History section, not in the current team roster section.

  87. fearthehoody says: Jun 29, 2013 7:42 PM

    There are so many Law & football experts here, it blows my mind!!!!

  88. corvusrex96 says: Jun 29, 2013 7:43 PM

    Glad they cuts ties but scrub him all you want he will still show up on the salary cap for 2 years

  89. mazblast says: Jun 29, 2013 9:42 PM

    Cutting Hernandez was the right thing to do. Exchanging jerseys and expunging his name from the team’s stats may not be, as it reeks of Soviet-era “non-person” tactics–”He doesn’t exist, he never existed, and anyone who says he existed may prove to never have existed”.

    As for not paying the remaining signing bonus, the Pats are on thin ice this time. I can understand their not paying it voluntarily, as they know The Great Roger Goodell would ever tell his pal Bob Kraft to pay it. This will have to go to arbitration if Hernandez’ team of vampires want to suck the after-tax money down. And any arbitrator who would rule for Hernandez would be doing so knowing he’s about to become a former arbitrator. Any salary cap issues will be “somehow” resolved in the Patriots’ favor, which will come as no surprise.

    Drafting Hernandez and eventually getting bitten by it is kind of like handling poisonous snakes–you knew what it was when you picked it up, so don’t expect a lot of sympathy when it gets you.

  90. saints4life57 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:00 PM

    Man this is just a messed up situation! I mean I understand the Pats don’t want to give this guy another penny and def. not if it’s gonna help pay for his case! But on the other hand the dude as big of a scumbag as he is did earn the money as per his contract and the Pats are gonna have to pay up! I hope it goes down like this! Yes Mr. Hernandez we owe you all that money oh but wait, we are going to give it to the victims family’s, you know that guy you just killed and the other two you killed a couple years ago? Hernandez you my friend are a true scumbag and I hope not only do you get what you deserve as far as a sentence goes but also when you go to jail you get ass raped every day of the rest of your life! You may be a big dude but there are plenty of guys your size in jail!

  91. jollyjoker2 says: Jun 30, 2013 11:06 PM

    so much for innocent until proven guilty. They got the wrong guy. He was just an innocent bystander.

  92. jnkewa777 says: Jul 1, 2013 8:33 PM

    After Hernandez is found quilty the Patriots may as well make the check out to Odin Lloyd’s family. There certainly will be a wrongful death lawsuit and Hernandez will have to pay big $$$$$ to Odin Lloyd’s family.

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