Following the suicide of Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots might now owe the former tight end’s family millions of dollars.
The Patriots could be contractually obligated to pay Hernandez’s estate $3.5 million as part of a salary bonus that was never given to him because of his murder arrest in 2013, according to CBS Boston.
Attorney William Kennedy said because Hernandez’s conviction in the Odin Lloyd murder will be vacated, the Patriots could be on the hook for the big pay out.
“At the time of his original arrest in the Odin Lloyd case, my understanding was that there was a $3.5 million bonus that we’ve made a subject of an action in the Superior Court,” Kennedy said. “We got a commitment from the Patriots that before any of that payment would be made they would notify the court to give us a chance to deal with that.”
Kennedy represents the families of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, whose murders Hernandez was acquitted of last week. The attorney has filed a joint wrongful death lawsuit against the Hernandez estate on behalf of both families.
Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Lloyd. Because he was in the process of appealing the conviction at the time of his death, Massachusetts state law says the conviction gets vacated.