Patriots owner explains why they won’t pay Aaron Hernandez his bonus money

Robert Kraft

It only seems fair that the Patriots should pay Aaron Hernandez the money they owe him whether or not he’s in jail for murder or not.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft doesn’t see things that way, per USA TODAY Sports.

The Patriots cut Hernandez after he was arrested on June 26 and before he was charged with murder later that day. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a friend whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez’ house. The union believes Hernandez earned the bonus before his arrest.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft indicated he disagreed.

“It’s simple,” he said Tuesday. “You can look at our history. We honor all our contracts, and we expect the people who sign them to honor their part of the contract.”

Asked if he felt Hernandez didn’t do that, Kraft said, “We honor our contracts, and we expect the people on the other side to do the same.”

At the end of the day,  the NFL is a business and a team like the Patriots has the right to refuse to pay someone that’s in jail for murder.