Roland makes a good point in that when you sign on with the NFL you agree to be policed by them and to abide by what ever rules they want to apply. As I recall players are clearly told this when they sign contracts.
Its much like the situation with Disney World. They have their own fire and police departments seperate from Orlando or Kissimmee whichever you wish to call them. Like the NFL they handle all problems in house unless they ask for outside help or in a case like Hernandez that happens off the field of play so to speak.
And this and the Lewis thing are worlds apart. I've beat the drum about Ray Lewis for years because by his actions he allowed a couple of murderers to go free but was not involved directly in the crime before. All he did was give a pair of his friends he thought were in danger a ride away from the place.
With Hernandez just via news information it appears he may have offed a guy a while ago and when threatened with exposure he offed a guy that was talking about it to others.
The NFL can't do much of anything until various legal departments have finished their cases same as anyone off the streets.
I'm curious about teams being able to take back the moneys advanced to players in this situation. I've never thought that was fair but must be dealt with in either player contracts or the CBA. If a company hired you fair and square, gave you a cash advance advance in lieu of salary the first couple of years and then 2 years later you got in trouble with the law what right do they have asking for that money back? But that is exactly what the Patriots are trying to do, or will do.
Has to be covered in your contract somehow.
The SuperB owl ladys have left the building with our thanks.