By Ed Baylor: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez cleared waivers on Thursday after having been cut the day before by the Patriots. Not surprisingly, not one of the other 31 NFL teams in the league were willing to try and sign Hernandez given his massive legal problems ahead of him. Hernandez was arrested in Wednesday and charged with murder of Odin Lloyd in the 1st degree.
Hernandez has reportedly been denied bail twice, and it looks like he’ll be sitting in jail until the court case to decide his fate. If found guilty of the charges against him, Hernandez could spend the rest of his life in prison.
For a team to want to claim Hernandez at this point, they’d have to possess a ton of faith in his innocence and his ability to be cleared of the charges against him.
In the meantime, the NFL doesn’t need to step in and suspend Hernandez for anything because he’s currently out of a job with the Patriots and the prospects of him being signed by another team are about zero.
It’s possible that Hernandez could get acquitted of the charges with a sympathetic jury and an outstanding legal team to work for him. Hernandez has the money to pretty much buy some very good lawyers, and he may even get a number of lawyers that are willing to work for free just to get a chance to get some badly needed publicity.
However, Hernandez needs to stick with tried and true lawyers that have a good reputation because he can’t afford to have his freedom on the line for a set of little known lawyers that are trying to build their reputation rather than already having one going into the trial.
O.J. Simpson was able to assemble a dream team of lawyers to get him off for a murder charge in the early 1990s, and while it cost him tons of money in legal bills, I imagine he felt it was well worth it because he was a free man after he was acquitted.