AARON PAY DIRT

Pats may owe $6M to dead killer’s es­tate

New York Post - - NEWS - By LAURA ITALIANITALIANO laura.ital­iano@ny­post.com

The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ot­sots could owe the es­ta­teest of former tight end Aaron Her­nan­dez mil­lion­s­mil­lion — thanks to an ob­scure Mas­sachusettssachusetts law that erases the con­vic­tion of peo­plep who die be­fore fin­ish­ingfin an ap­peal. If Her­nan­dez’s mmur­der con­vic­tion is voide­voided, his former team may be con­trac­tu­al­ly­trac­tu­ally ob­li­gated to pay his es­tate a $3.5 mil­liomil­lion bonus­nus that had been halted hours af­ter his mur­d­mur­der ar­rest in 2013, Wil­liam Kennedy, an at­tor­ney for plain­tiff­s­tiffs su­ing Her­nan­dez’sHer­nan­dez es­tate, told the CBS af­fil­i­ate in Bos­toBos­ton. The Pa­tri­ots may alalso owe Her­nan­dez an ad­di­tional $2.52.5 mimil­lion in guar­an­teed base salary that wwas halted af­ter his ar­rest, CSNNE.comco re­ported. That would bring the to­tal owed by the Pats to $6 mil­lion.mil­lio A Pa­tri­ots sp­spokesper­son said it was against tteam pol­icy to dis­cuss­cuss player con­tracts. News of the po­ten­tial posthu­moushu­mous wind­fallw came as of­fi­cials con­firmed that Her­nandHer­nan­dez’s death in his one-ma­man prison cell in Mas­sacMas­sachusetts was a sui­cide­cide by hang­ing. On his fam­ily’s re­questquest, Her­nan­dez’s brain­brai will now be re­lealeased to the Chronic Trau­matic En­cepha­lalopa­thy Cen­ter at BBos­ton Univer­sity, where it will be stud­ied for pos­si­ble con­cus­sion-re­lalated dam­age, the lolo­cal DA said in a stas­tate­ment.

The rest of Her­nan­dez’s body had al­ready been re­leased Wed­nes­day to an area fu­neral home, of­fi­cials said.

The DA also re­vealed Thurs­day that Her­nan­dez left be­hind three writ­ten notes. They were not char­ac­ter­ized as sui­cide notes and their con­tents were not dis­closed.

No fewer than three shoot­ing-vic­tim law­suits re­main pend­ing against the Her­nan­dez es­tate.

Lawyers in those cases say they will con­tinue to seek com­pen­sa­tion de­spite the dis­graced former player’s death.

It is un­clear what the Her­nan­dez es­tate is worth. Five years ago, he signed a $40 mil­lion con­tract with the Pa­tri­ots, but for­feited at least half when he was ar­rested in 2013 for the mur­der of Odin Lloyd. He was con­victed in 2015.

His sprawl­ing man­sion in the Bos­ton sub­urb of North At­tle­bor­ough was listed for sale a year ago at $1.5 mil­lion. It’s still listed at $1.3 mil­lion.

But in a le­gal pro­ceed­ing in 2015, a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing Her­nan­dez in civil court claimed his client had run out of money, telling a judge, “There’s noth­ing left here as a prac­ti­cal mat­ter.”

Her­nan­dez is sur­vived by his 4-yearold daugh­ter, Avielle, and her mother, his former fi­ancée, Shayanna Jenk­ins.

CASH SACK: Aaron Her­nan­dez’s daugh­ter, Aviella, and her mom, Shayanna Jenk­ins (right), stand to gain mil­lions if a quirky law forces the Pa­tri­ots to honor his con­tract.

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