The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the New England Patriots to recoup $82,000 in bonus money from incarcerated tight end Aaron Hernandez's terminated contract, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reported Monday.
Hernandez was indicted last Thursday in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, in a case that has gripped national attention throughout most of the summer. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and five related gun charges.
Hernandez was arrested June 26, nine days after he allegedly shot Lloyd five times and then dumped the body approximately a mile from his North Attleboro, Mass., home. The Patriots released him shortly thereafter. But Hernandez did take part in New England's offseason spring workout program, which triggered the $82,000 bonus that the Patriots have not paid.
According to NFL.com, the NFLPA released the following statement:
"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."