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NFLPA says the Patriots owe Aaron Hernandez $82,000

August 27, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Aaron Hernandez, shown entering the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court in Massachusetts, is owed $82,000 by the New England Patriots, according to the players union.
Aaron Hernandez, shown entering the courtroom of the Attleboro District… (Jared Wickerham / Getty…)

Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez is due an $82,000 workout bonus from the Patriots, and the NFL Players Assn. wants to make sure he gets it.

The union has filed a grievance on behalf of Hernandez, who has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

His contract included standard bonuses for off-season workouts, which he attended from April to June. The Patriots have yet to pay him for being present for those sessions.

"On behalf of all players, it is our responsibility to protect the rights in the collective bargaining agreement," the NFLPA said in a statement. "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." 

Hernandez was cut by the Patriots after he was arrested on June 26 and before he was charged with murder later the same day.

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