On the same day that he was arrested and charged with murder, the Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez. At that moment it was clear that any future payment of monies owed would not come easy from New England.
The drawing of the battle lines for Hernandez' cash has begun, with Mike Garafalo of FOX Sports reporting the NFLPA is preparing to file a grievance against the Patriots for not paying Hernandez an $82,000 workout bonus.
Garafalo reports the union believes Hernandez, despite being arrested, satisfied the requirements to receive the bonus from New England.
The Patriots didn't comment on whether or not the bonus had been paid or would be paid.
Now $82,000 is obviously a lot of money. But this grievance primarily sets the stage for future larger money owed to Hernandez -- $3.25 million in bonus money next March.
You can make your own guess as to whether or not the team wants or plans to pay him that money. (Hint: they probably don't and probably won't.) As Garafalo notes, New England could've recouped some of the money had they kept Hernandez on the roster after he was arrested.
However that's not a good look for Bob Kraft's team and it's no surprise they didn't want to keep Hernandez around.
It's all heading towards what could be a pretty public and pretty ugly (it stinks for the union that they have to help Hernandez here, but that's part of the job) battle that will ultimately be decided by an arbitrator.