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 […]

Part II: CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013

2. Aaron Hernandez charged with murder.  3.  Game commitment clauses gain in popularity in collegiate coaching contracts. 4.  Connecticut continues to be on the cutting-edge of student-athlete rights as the General Assembly introduces new legislation to protect student-athletes.  5.   ESPN’s Jay Bilas calls the NCAA out on Twitter for selling student-athlete jerseys. Stay tuned for CT Sports Law’s […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Red Sox Fan Attacked by Yankees Fan Wins $4.3 million Verdict Monty Freire, a Boston Red Sox fan who was stabbed by a New York Yankees fan at a restaurant, the U.S.S. Chowder Pot III in Branford, Connecticut, was awarded a $4.3 million dollar verdict by a jury in New Haven Superior Court.  Freire was represented […]

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.

Friday Sports Briefs

O’Bannon Lawyers Argue for Class Certification Curtis Eichelberger and Karen Gullo of Bloomberg Businessweek wrote an excellent article on the O’Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit.  One of the important distinctions made in this article is that athletes aren’t arguing for “pay for play” - rather, athletes are looking to be compensated for the use of their likeness and images, […]