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#Patriots Say Team Didn't Know Serious Charge Was Coming #hernandez
According to team sources, the New England Patriots apparently didn't know that former team tight end Aaron Hernandez would be charged with murder, the Boston Globe reported.
While it was widely reported that Hernandez had an arrest warrant drawn up for obstruction of justice charges, when he was arrested earlier this week, it was for first-degree murder and various weapon charges.
The Patriots acted within a ninety minute window, releasing their former star player. Many assumed it was because the team knew what was coming.
“We had no inside knowledge,” a high-ranking team source told the Globe. “Did it matter to us? No. We were not going to have somebody on the team that’s close to a murder.”
The team cut Hernandez despite owing him an additional $5.71 million in guaranteed money plus $200,000 in workout and roster bonuses this year.
New England feels Hernandez voided the guaranteed money by the nature of his arrest. Despite claiming the move to release Hernandez was motivated by the nature of the crime, the team claims they're protected by contract language.
“It was guaranteed for skill and injury, but it wasn’t guaranteed for personal conduct that cast the club in a negative light, and that’s why we cut him,” the source said.
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