Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez to be Questioned
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Aaron Hernandez update: NFLPA reportedly will file grievance over bonus money
The Patriots released Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested and charged with murder, but they might still have some money left to pay him.
That is because the NFL Players Association is expected to file a grievance because the Patriots did not pay Hernandez an $82,000 workout bonus that was scheduled to be paid on Aug. 1, according to a report from Fox Sports writer Mike Garafolo.
Hernandez satisfied the requirements to receive the bonus by participating in the Patriots’ offseason workout program this spring. However, the Patriots did not pay Hernandez his check when it was due this month, according to the report.
This could be just the beginning in a battle between the NFLPA and the Patriots, as Hernandez is owed a $3.25 million payment in March — which is the final piece of a $12.5 million signing bonus he was set to receive after signing a contract extension last summer. According the collective bargaining agreement, the Patriots forfeited the right to recoup future signing bonus money when they released him in June.
The battle for Hernandez’s expected $3.332 million will be decided by an arbitrator’s decision — a process that will start soon.
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