NFLPA files grievance with Patriots over Aaron Hernandez workout bonus
The NFLPA reportedly has filed a grievance with the New England Patriots over money Aaron Hernandez was owed by the team.
Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million extension with the Pats last August. The deal called for a $12.5 million signing bonus. Hernandez already collected $9.25 million from the new deal that the Pats will not be able to recoup, but the team did not pay the $82k workout bonus due Aug. 1 and will not pay the remaining $3.2 million Hernandez would be owed in March.
The Patriots cut Hernandez in July when he was implicated in the murder of Odin Lloyd. He was indicted on first-degree murder charges last week.
Teams can recover bonus money and avoid salary cap hits if a player violates the league’s personal conduct policy.
I’m guessing the NFLPA will be unsuccessful in their efforts for this one. It’s kind of hard to win cases involving alleged murderers.