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June 20, 2014

Suit seeks to block Pats bonus to Hernandez

BOSTON (AP) — An attorney in a wrongful-death lawsuit against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wants to keep the team from paying him a $3.25 million bonus if he wins a union appeal.

Attorney William Kennedy added the Patriots and the team owner’s company as co-defendants in a $6 million lawsuit for the estates of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in their 2012 slayings.

A Patriots spokesman has declined to comment.

Kennedy also seeks to freeze Hernandez’s assets, which his attorney opposes.

Similar steps were taken in a lawsuit by the family of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, whom Hernandez denied killing in 2013. The Patriots have agreed in that case to notify the court before paying Hernandez.

The Patriots released Hernandez last year.

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