Report: Aaron Hernandez Struggling With Legal Fees

Lawyers may discontinue representation of ex-New England Patriots tight end.

Posted: 06/02/2014 02:43 AM EDT
Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez’s woes just keep piling up. The former New England Patriots tight end is reportedly having trouble paying his attorneys, according to FOX Sports.

The network is reporting that Hernandez is dealing with a lack of funds to pay his attorneys and that two of his lawyers, Charles Rankin and James Sultan, filed documents indicating that they might discontinue their representation of the former tight end.

Hernandez is facing two separate murder trials. Last year, Hernandez pled not guilty to the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Just last week, he also pled not guilty to two charges of first-degree murder stemming from the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. 

Reportedly, the reason Hernandez is facing these financial struggles is that a portion of his $12.5 million signing bonus with the Patriots is in dispute and his $1.3 million home is subject of a restraining order by the family of one of the men he is accused of murdering to prevent him from selling it.

Fox Sports reports that Rankin and Sultan have asked the court to give Hernandez 60 days to figure out his finances and let the court know about the status of his legal representation.

Hernandez has been in jail since late June 2013, having been denied bail.

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