Aaron Hernandez’s Death Makes Him (Legally) an Innocent Man

By Patrick S. White, Esq. Early Wednesday morning, former New England Patriots Tight End and Bristol native, Aaron Hernandez, was found unresponsive in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Maximum Security Correctional Center. An hour later, at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital, Hernandez was pronounced dead of an apparent suicide.  While Hernandez’s death may seem like the end […]

Minnesota Vikings Backtrack – Adrian Peterson Placed On Exempt-Commissioner’s Permission List

By Robert J. Romano, Esq. The Minnesota Vikings have reversed its previous position regarding running back Adrian Peterson and have decided to place him on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. What this means it that Mr. Peterson will not be allowed to participate in team practices or play on game day while he addresses child abuse […]

Redskins Trademark Cancelled: What Does it Mean?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  cancelled six trademarks for the name “Washington Redskins” on the grounds that the mark is offensive to Native Americans. But what does it all mean? Here are answers to some of the questions people are asking: What law is at issue?  The Lanham Act controls trademarks.  In particular, […]

Aaron Hernandez Charged with Murder: Legal and Local Perspectives

After his arrest and release from the New England Patriots yesterday morning, former Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged yesterday afternoon with the murder of Odin Lloyd.  The arraignment of Hernandez, in which assistant district attorney Bill McCauley outlined a timeline that placed Hernandez with the victim and at the scene of the crime, […]

Aaron Hernandez Taken into Custody, Released by Patriots

Boston.com is reporting that Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in North Attleborough, Mass. in handcuffs this morning.  Charges are unknown at this time. SI.com’s Michael McCann has examined the range of charges that Hernandez could ultimately face. Stay tuned for more on this story. UPDATE: the Patriots have released Hernandez.

Sports Law Notes from “Elway to Marino”

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series has produced another fascinating film, “Elway to Marino”, produced by NFL Films and Ken Rodgers, which covers the 1983 NFL Draft and the six quarterbacks that were chosen in the first round. The story is told primarily through the eyes of sports lawyer and agent Marvin Demoff, who represented both Elway and […]

President Obama Speaks on Football Safety, NCAA

President Obama, in an interview with Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes of New Republic, discussed the issue of player safety in football.  The President stated that, if he had a son, he’d have to “think long and hard before I let him play football.”  The comment has attracted much attention, and varied reactions, during this Super Bowl week.  San […]

Tagliabue Issues Split Decision on Saints Players

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue lifted the suspensions of New Orleans Saints players Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita in connection with the bounty scandal that has hung over the team all season. In his decision, Tagliabue treaded carefully, supporting Goodell’s findings while lifting the suspensions of the players.  Only Fujita, however, was fully exonerated: I affirm Commissioner Goodell’s […]