Aaron Hernandez Trial: New England Patriots Owes Him Millions, Claims NFLPA

The Aaron Hernandez trial took a new turn with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) claiming the New England Patriots owes the alleged killer money.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Aaron Hernandez trial date shenanigans saw the prosecutors trying to get rid of the judge.

Before being charged with murder, Aaron Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension last year with the Patriots. The NFLPA union is fighting on his side in order to collect the millions owed to him based upon the terms of the contract.

Aaron Hernandez’s contract apparently included guaranteed salaries of $1.323 million and $1.137 million in addition to a $500,000 bonus. The NFLPA also filed a second grievance compelling the Patriots to pay Aaron Hernandez a $3.25 million signing bonus he was originally due in March of 2014.

To be clear, the NFLPA is not defending the former Patriots player during the Aaron Hernandez trial. They simply believe that the Patriots owe him money:

“On behalf of all players, it is our responsibility to protect the rights in the collective bargaining agreement. 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.”

But before Aaron Hernandez can start doing his money dance again, Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he disagrees with the NFLPA union, claiming Aaron Hernandez doesn’t deserve the money:

“It’s simple. You can look at our history. We honor all our contracts and we expect the people who sign them to honor their part of the contract.”

Do you think the New England Patriots should pay Aaron Hernandez the full amount he was originally owed before being charged with murder?