Conflicting reports have surfaced indicating that an arrest warrant has been issued for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. The warrant is related to the destruction of property of Hernandez's.
Contrary to an early report ( http://tinyurl.com/lppjmzu ) indicating that a warrant has been issued, a court clerk told USA Today that no warrant has been issued for Hernandez on the charges of Obstruction of Justice or otherwise.
Background: When the police searched Hernandez's home, they found that the video surveillance equipment had been intentionally damaged. When Hernandez handed over his cell phone, it was in pieces and unusable.
Statutes exist to prevent people from destroying evidence, carrying the charge of obstruction of justice. If Hernandez was indeed the one who destroyed the items, then he would be subject to charges.
The NFL and the team take legal issues extremely seriously. Should Hernandez be charged, and possibly punished for his role in the investigation, it's guaranteed he'll suffer punishment by the league under their personal conduct guidelines.
In addition to league punishment, Hernandez will certainly be reprimanded by the team, possibly released. The Patriots are one organization with very little tolerance of poor off-field behavior.
Another consideration is that Hernandez recently signed a long term contract extension, with a significant signing bonus. If he is released, the team could pursue recovery of those funds citing the violation of league and team policy.
Hernandez's situation has gone from bad (recovering from shoulder surgery) to worse. Hardly the offseason he hoped for when he signed his new deal last fall.
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