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Report says Aaron Hernandez having trouble paying legal bills

Less than two years ago, Aaron Hernandez signed a $40 million extension with the New England Patriots.

There are many ways to show how Hernandez's life has spun out of control since then, but this is the latest: His attorneys may stop representing him in his battle against multiple murder charges because he can't pay the bills anymore, according to a report from Fox Sports.

Fox Sports' Kevin Vaughan reported that Hernandez's lawyers Charles Rankin and James Sultan have filed a notice with the court "indicating they may not continue to represent him" because of financial reasons. The report said the lawyers claimed in the notice that Hernandez "is in the process of seeking to make financial arrangements to retain counsel” in the latest case against him, a double murder in Boston in 2012. Hernandez is also being held after being charged with the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player.

The lawyers were in court for Hernandez's arraignment in the Boston double murder case this week, but said in the notice to the court they were representing him on that matter for "arraignment only, and related proceedings." According to Fox, the notice to the court asked that Hernandez be given 60 days to make financial arrangements and notify the court of the status of his attorneys.

The Fox report said that Michael Fee, a third attorney who has appeared with Hernandez in court, recently changed firms and has not filed anything with the court indicating he may not continue representing Hernandez.

The problem for Hernandez is some of his $12.5 million signing bonus from that extension in 2012 is being disputed by the Patriots, and his $1.3 million home is the subject of a restraining order and he can't sell it for any reason other than paying a future judgment in a civil suit brought by the family of one of the three men he's charged with killing, Fox said.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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