There’s a pair of new twists in the Aaron Hernandez suicide case, and one of them could end up costing the Patriots millions.
If you didn’t hear, former NFL tight end Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell with a sheet tied around his neck. That incident occurred just days after beat a rap for a 2012 double homicide.
The timing of his death seemed sketchy to some observers: why would he commit suicide if he’d just won a major case? Yes, he was still serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd, but he was in the middle of the appeals process. Many, including his lawyer, said there was no way he’d have killed himself, and called the incident foul play.
Now though, investigators have released new details that make it 100 percent certain Hernandez took his own life. Authorities revealed that they found three separate suicide notes, all of which were hidden in a bible in the room. Hernandez also had written “John 3:16” on his forehead.
But most definitively, the coroner found no signs of a struggle on the deceased’s body–injuries would have been evident if there’d been a fight. That still leaves the question of motivation. Why would he do it now, in the middle of an appeal that could have made him a free man?
Well, there is one theory gaining steam: he did it for his family.
It turns out that, when he was first convicted of murder, the Patriots owed Hernandez a $3.5 million bonus. The team didn’t have to pay that fee due to a contract clause that gave them a pass if the player committed a felony.
Thing is though, Massachusetts state law says that if a convict dies during the appeals process, the case can simply be tossed out. It’s now likely that Hernandez’s murder record will be technically overturned, and as such, the Patriots might owe that $3.5 million to his living family.
What do you think? Would Hernandez actually end his life for his family?