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    Pats Likely Will Fight Hernandez For Bonus, Guaranteed Money

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...alary/related/

    Excerpt: "The Patriots’ decision to cut tight end Aaron Hernandez makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the team to recover any of the signing bonus paid to Hernandez last year and, in part, earlier this year. Indeed, the Falcons held Mike Vick’s right through his prosecution, incarceration, and beyond in order to recover bonus money.

    The Patriots ultimately chose making a strong and clear statement instead of maneuvering to protect their legal rights.

    But the story isn’t over yet.


    Based on everything we’ve heard and been told in the past five hours, we fully expect the Patriots to do whatever they can to try to recover money that has been paid to Hernandez, and to block the flow of any future payments.


    The future payments are the key. Under his contract, a copy of which PFT has obtained, Hernandez is due to receive $3.25 million on March 31, 2014, which completes his $12.5 million signing bonus. We currently believe the Patriots will refuse to pay it, forcing Hernandez to take even more hits in the court of public opinion by fighting — possibly from a jail cell — the team’s decision to cut him off." Read more...
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    This will get ugly

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    This will be a very interesting sub-plot to the murder case. Should the team decide to fight the payments mentioned, are they going to be in breach of contract? Will the NFLPA get involved in that regard? If they do withhod the future payments, how will that affect Hernandez's ability to defend himself?

    Contract language will be key in this issue. Did they include a morals clause? Did they include a performance clause (you have to be here to earn it)?

    However this ends up, you can bet future NFL player contracts will cover these bases.
    Last edited by RoanokeFan; 06-27-2013 at 08:34 AM.
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    All future contracts should come with an "If you kill a guy, you get nothing" clause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip Empty View Post
    All future contracts should come with an "If you kill a guy, you get nothing" clause.
    Something like that but a little more broad I am guessing
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    How much of that money is going to be left after the lawyers are done with him??

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCHOF View Post
    How much of that money is going to be left after the lawyers are done with him??
    That could be one of his arguments in terms of interfering with his ability to defend himself. Murder trials, including the preparation, are very expensive endeavors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    That could be one of his arguments in terms of interfering with his ability to defend himself. Murder trials, including the preparation, are very expensive endeavors.
    I think that he was paid $9M + last year. After taxes and agent fees he probably cleared $4M. His defense will cost $2-3M if not more.

    And if he goes to jail for life, he'll obviously have no chance to ever make money again.

    So depending on how this all turns out, the Pats might not even waste the effort to go after him knowing that they are unlikely to get anything in return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCHOF View Post
    I think that he was paid $9M + last year. After taxes and agent fees he probably cleared $4M. His defense will cost $2-3M if not more.

    And if he goes to jail for life, he'll obviously have no chance to ever make money again.

    So depending on how this all turns out, the Pats might not even waste the effort to go after him knowing that they are unlikely to get anything in return.
    It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
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    Roger Goodell will help the Pats as much as he can in this situation. If I'm understanding the article correctly, yes the Patriots are technically gonna breach his contract by withholding a future portion of his signing bonus money, but they're counting on a good possibility that Hernandez will be unable to win in court on this matter, especially if he is convicted.

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