Even though former New England Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a murder charge of an acquaintance the NFLPA has filed a grievance against the New England Patriots that will force the team to pay out an $82,000 workout bonus that is believed owed to the player.
In 2012 Hernandez signed a $40 million contract extension, which included bonuses for offseason workouts. The $82,000 bonus that we are talking about now is for attending various offseason workouts and team functions from April to June. Keep in mind that Hernandez was not arrested until later in the month of June, after the work had been completed.
The question that is out there is, does Hernandez deserve the money that he already worked for? Is he entitled to it?
In the statement that NFLPA issued on Monday, the grievance was to ensure the league isn’t able to withhold money from other players in the future. So this isn’t about Hernandez solely…great I was getting a little nervous.
“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,” the NFLPA said in the statement.
Just to give you a glimpse at the contract…Hernandez’s contract with the Patriots included $12.5 million guaranteed, $9.5 million of which has already been paid. The Patriots voided future guarantees, though $1.137 million of Hernandez’s $2.5 million salary for 2013 became guaranteed on March 17, three months before he was arrested. Hernandez’s contract also included $3.25 million in deferred signing bonus to be paid in March 2014, money Hernandez’s agents could say that he earned during a previous season.
This matter is long from being over.
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