The fall from grace of football star Aaron Hernandez was the biggest shock to the sports world since the trial of O.J. Simpson.
The tight end achieved glory on the gridiron after he was signed by the Patriots in 2010, and it seemed like nothing could go wrong for the accomplished athlete.
But all of that changed after Hernandez was charged with the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.
At his trial, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Just last week Hernandez was in court for a separate double murder trial, but the jury found him not guilty.
Despite this news, Hernandez chose to hang himself in his prison cell, on the same day his former teammates were visiting the White House.
But was depression the sole cause of Hernandez’s suicide?
A little known legal principle called “abatement ab initio” could expunge Hernandez’s conviction now that he is deceased. This fact raises significant questions on Hernandez’s motives for ending his life.
From Independent Journal Review:
If the suicide clears his conviction, the Patriots may be liable to pay Hernandez’s estate the money they withheld from him after he was removed from the team and charged with murder.
This loophole would mean that the money may go to his daughter, causing many to speculate that Hernandez killed himself for his daughter’s future financial security.
Hernandez and his daughter were close, despite his being in prison for the majority of her life. A few days before his death, he blew a kiss to her in court, and was working to appeal his murder conviction.
His lawyers would have been aware of this loophole and may have shared it with him prior to his death. Hernandez’s daughter could potentially inherit millions of dollars.
Many are arguing that whatever money is acquired from the Patriots should go to Odin Lloyd’s family, but regardless of what happens now, the story of Aaron Hernandez will forever be remembered as a tragedy.
Source: Independent Journal Review