AARON PAY DIRT
Pats may owe $6M to dead killer’s estate
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.