Goodell, NFL Monitoring Developments Surrounding Aaron Hernandez

June 21, 2013 11:05 AM
Goodell, NFL Monitoring Developments Surrounding Aaron Hernandez
" NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell is doing what any commissioner or president of a sports league would when one of his players is being investigated in a criminal case.

He’s waiting for the legal process to take its course.

No charges have been filed in what has been termed by Massachusetts authorities as a homicide in the death of a man connected to New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Police have searched Hernandez’s house and the area around it after 27-year-old semi-pro player Odin Lloyd was found dead in an industrial park near the Patriot’s North Attleborough home.

Hernandez also was sued Wednesday in Florida by a man claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in February.

As he has done in recent cases, be they high profile — Michael Vick and his dogfighting, for example — or less publicized, Goodell is sitting tight. Innocent before proven guilty.

Should Hernandez be arrested — no charges have been brought in either case — Goodell could punish him under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. But he generally prefers to await the outcome of all legal proceedings "

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