For the past couple of years, most sports buffs have been watching the outcome of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial/s. Recall that he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and was recently acquitted for a different double slaying in 2012.
Hernandez hung himself on April 19 in his jail cell and his appellate attorneys made their request under a long-standing legal principle that states when defendants die before their direct appeal is decided, their convictions are vacated or erased.
It begs the question then, did Hernandez know and understand this, and did he take his life in an effort to collect on monies owed to him now under his old contract he had with the New England Patriots?
His contract was worth $40 million, but at the time of his death his estate was worthless and the only item of value, his home, is what his daughter and fiancee may have been able to collect from.
The Patriots may owe Hernandez an additional $3.25 million in guaranteed salary that was halted after his 2013 arrest.
The Patriots pin their case primarily on the notion that Hernandez allegedly committed two murders before signing the 2012 contract. Hernandez’s argument arises from the notion that he earned the payments, and that the Patriots cut him immediately after he was arrested for killing Odin Lloyd, instead of waiting for the league to suspend him.
I guess this is one of those classic cases of “I’ll see you in court.”