The jury is out in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez for the killing of Odin Lloyd. During closing arguments, his attorney conceded he was present at the killing, but argues there is not proof that he took part. There are 2 charged co-defendants, who are still awaiting trial: neither testified against Hernandez.
A note for fellow media outlets covering the courts, do not approach the jury! A TV crew at this trial in Massachusetts nearly caused a mistrial.
Raps, I guess I should say, since he is facing multiple counts of murder. As pointed out on Deadspin, it is entirely possible. The case against him is circumstantial, though it appears there is a great deal of cumulative circumstantial evidence. I expect they will be able to get their conviction, but you never know. Most watchers thought OJ would be convicted, but that case was also entirely circumstantial, and he was found not guilty rather quickly. (Obviously, there was a lot going on with the OJ prosecution.)
A jury has been selected in the murder trial of former NE Patriot and Florida Gator Aaron Hernandez. CNN has a live feed: http://www.cnn.com/specials/live-video-2
Former Patriot Aaron Hernandez has additional murder charges stemming from a drive-by shooting in 2012. One of the survivors of the drive-by has identified Hernandez as the shooter: it’s a little odd that he only recognized him after he was arrested for the later murder, but there is some damning circumstantial evidence compounding the case. The new allegations mean Hernandez may have played a season of football after killing two people in a drive-by.
The new charges may help the Patriots in the salary dispute with Hernandez, as Miguel Benzan pointed out in the Patsfans.com post we referenced yesterday, that means there is a prior existing circumstance that will prevent his availability, meaning the Patriots may be able to go after his signing bonus on his contract extension. Of course, the team needs to get in line, the families of the 2012 victims have already filed wrongful death actions. Hernandez may spend the rest of his life behind bars.
We’ve touched on the salary implications of for Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s arrest for murder. I was looking around to follow up, and I found a blog post that does a great job going over what’s going on with his salary, to the best of available information. It even gets into the minutia of salary cap implications, depending on how the grievances are decided. Check it out:
The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance for several million dollars on behalf of Aaron Hernandez for money he is owed. This was expected, due to certain guarantees in his contract. I’m curious how much money the team will spend to fight giving away money they contractually are obligated to pay. It will probably resolve by negotiation, which makes the most financial sense for both parties, and could avoid further negative media coverage for the Patriots.
Aaron Hernandez was indicted on first degree murder charges by a grand jury, yesterday. Formerly a member of the New England Patriots, he was cut by the team shortly after his arrest several weeks ago. Ironically, the team may have to pay him more due to their haste in releasing him. They still owe him several million dollars as part of his signing bonus. Certainly the Pats will fight those payments, but they could end up writing checks to his inmate account.
The irony is that if the Patriots had left him on the roster, they would be more likely to recoup that money. Hernandez, who is likely to remain incarcerated, would be in breach and not able to receive those bonuses. The Patriots have already refused to pay an $82,000 workout bonus, and the union plans to file a grievance.
I am fortunate the I was able to cut him from my fantasy football keeper league team without any penalty!