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Published On: Sat, Jun 29th, 2013

Patriots release Aaron Hernandez, voided $6 million in guaranteed money following arrest for shooting Odin Lloyd

When the Patriots cut Aaron Hernandez 90 minutes after he was arrested on live television Wednesday morning, many people assumed the team knew Hernandez was about to be charged with first-degree murder, as well as five other weapons charges.

Aaron Hernandez arrested murder caseThis was how the Boston Globe article read as the New England Patriots were “surprised” (or “taken back” as the article states) by the news.

Now 10 months after the team gave Hernandez a five-year, $40 million contract extension that included $16 million in guarantees, the team has voided the remaining guaranteed money – approximately $6 million.

Under NFL bylaws and the collective bargaining agreement “conduct detrimental to the best interests of professional football” the move voids all future payments to Hernandez.

“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,” a team source told The Globe. “We know the CBA. We are well within our rights.”

Herandez was due $2.46 million in guaranteed base salary in 2013-14, $200,000 in roster and workout bonuses this year, and a $3.25 million payment on March 31, 2014 to complete his signing bonus. That money was fully guaranteed for skill, injury, and cap purposes.

The source said the Patriots didn’t confer with the NFL about voiding Hernandez’s remaining guaranteed money, and as of late Friday the NFL Players Association hadn’t responded to a request asking if they will fight for Hernandez to receive the rest of his money.

Authorities said Ernest Wallace, 41, turned himself in to police in Miramar, Florida and Carlos Ortiz was arrested Wednesday also in connection with the homicide investigation.

Photo CBS coverage: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50149698n

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  1. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    New England Patriots LIED! THEY KNEW ABOUT Aaron Hernandez’s possible legal troubles BEFORE THE ARREST.

    ACCORDING TO Boston Herald ON 20 JUNE Patriots’ Owner, Robert Kraft, BARRED Mr. Hernandez FROM Gillette Stadium IN ORDER TO AVOID A “MEDIA CIRCUS.” DAYS BEFORE THE ARREST, Boston Globe REPORTED THAT Patriots’ administration HAD ALREADY DECIDED IF Mr. Hernandez WAS ARRESTED ON ANY CHARGE – EVEN, SIMPLE “obstruction of justice” – HE WOULD BE LET GO.

    MOREOVER, Patriots ARE OFFERING AN EXCHANGE FOR CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASED Hernandez jerseys. FANS WHO RETURN THOSE JERSEYS ARE DAMN FOOLS – THOSE JERSEYS ARE NOW, A Collector’s Item. PEOPLE PURCHASED THEM BECAUSE THEY LIKE Mr. Hernandez’s on-field play, OR, THEY THINK HE IS HANDSOME – NOT, BECAUSE OF HIS PRIVATE [OFF-FIELD] LIFE.

    New England Patriots HAVE NO NEED TO LIE – THE ORGANIZATION HAS KILLED NO ONE. SO, THIS PLOY TO ACT “SURPRISED” AFTER Mr. Hernandez’s arrest MAY BE DEEP-SUBCONSCIOUS GUILT FROM PAYING A TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD HISPANIC MALE MORE THAN FORTY-MILLION DOLLARS, WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE Mr. Hernandez WAS TOO IMMATURE TO HANDLE THE RESPONSIBILITY.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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