(Credit: NBC News)
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been the talk of the summer after being arrested on June 26th and subsequently indicted in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, will have a grievance filed on his behalf by the NFL Players Association to recoup $82,000 in bonus money. Hernandez took part in spring workouts with the Patriots, and he is still owed the money by the organization for doing so.
Hernandez has plead not guilty to the murder charge as well as five related gun charges. Even with all of the hoopla surrounding Hernandez’s situation, the NFLPA is doing their job by protecting the collective bargaining agreement. To me, this is sort of silly. I mean, Hernandez is in jail on murder charges, the Patriots shouldn’t have to pay him a bonus for workouts that didn’t even translate to the playing field. But my opinion doesn’t matter, oh well.
“On behalf of all players, it is our responsibility to protect the rights in the collective bargaining agreement. We are not tone-deaf to what the allegations are in this case, but for the benefit of all players, there are important precedents here we must protect.”