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Aaron Hernandez struggling to pay his lawyers

| Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10:03 p.m.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is led into the courtroom to be arraigned on homicide charges Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. He already faces charges in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Aaron Hernandez apparently doesn't have enough of the $18 million he made in three years as a tight end for the Patriots to continue paying for the defense attorneys he retained for his legal proceedings.

Hernandez, jailed for nearly a year without bail in Massachusetts as he now faces murder charges related to the killing of three men, has filed a motion asking a Suffolk County court for two months “to make financial arrangements to retain counsel,” according to legal filings, the contents of which were first reported Friday by Fox Sports and later confirmed by ESPN.

The district attorney's PR department had no comment to ESPN, but said it is aware of the situation.

Boston lawyers Charles Rankin and James Sultan, along with attorney Michael Fee, have represented Hernandez since last summer when he became a suspect in the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd.

Dolphins owner: L.A. will have a franchise

Stephen Ross sees the NFL making its return to Los Angeles sooner than later.

The Dolphins' owner predicted Saturday that L.A. “certainly” will have an NFL franchise in the next five years, NFL.com reports.

“It's not as simple as finding a place and putting a stadium there,” said Ross, in Philadelphia for the NFL Career Development Symposium. “I think a lot of teams would like to be there, and certain teams should be there, and I think the NFL is very concentrated on getting a team in the L.A. market.”

Ross made it clear that the Dolphins have no interest in shifting operations. The owner explained that, prior to purchasing the Dolphins, he considered getting a team to L.A. “because (he) could put together a stadium.”

Hill blames 2nd-hand smoke for failed test

Giants safety Will Hill isn't taking the blame for the latest failed drug test that will force him to miss the first six games of the season.

According to The Star Ledger, former defensive back Deon Grant said Hill, 24, thought he might be able to avoid his third drug-related suspension in three years because it supposedly resulted from second-hand marijuana smoke.

“He felt like he had a great chance of beating it because of the circumstances,” Grant said. “He said: ‘I'll be honest with you. If it was something that I did, I would tell you I messed up. But I didn't. It was an incident in a club where people were (smoking marijuana) and it got in my system.' ”

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