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Belichick tries to “move on” from Hernandez talk

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick took to the podium to talk about the Aaron Hernandez situation before training camp started, and though he read from a statement, he was initially as expressive as at any point in recent memory.

He talked about sadness and shock, but did his best to shut down questions about Hernandez after his opening remarks, falling back on the standard line of not commenting on an ongoing criminal investigation.

He referred to Hernandez as “an individual who happened to be a New England Patriot,” and said he was “personally disappointed and hurt in a situation like this.”

But for the most part, he did his best to avoid commenting on any specific thing regarding Hernandez, even when asked about any red flags they might have saw during the pre-draft process, or the process they went through when they select players.

“It’s time for the New England Patriots to move on,” he said at one point.

He also said players were advised not to comment on the situation, meaning there should be more nothing flowing from New England in the coming days, including tomorrow when his captains speak to reporters.

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  1. citizenstrange says: Jul 24, 2013 2:21 PM

    Sheez …… now I feel duped.

  2. mattwalshvideo says: Jul 24, 2013 2:21 PM

    Haha, liquid Bob sends belicheat out there with some talking points.

    Pathetic, the patriot way is a complete sham.

  3. tommyribs says: Jul 24, 2013 2:22 PM

    Wait a minute, this is a press conference damnit! The last thing I want to do is answer a bunch of questions!

  4. thirtyrackdash says: Jul 24, 2013 2:23 PM

    I feel he addressed just about everything he could legally address here. With an ongoing investigation that is going to depend heavily on character attestations, he really can’t talk about any “red flags” or character flaws of Hernandez.

    The reporters clearly did not seem to understand that questions like “Do you think he was connected to the 2012 murders?” and “Can you identify any other players that may have been associated with the flop house” literally can NOT be answered by anyone associated with the trial and Belichick would never answer that anyway. BB answered every question that was not directly related to the case or repeated multiple times.

  5. peezwizz says: Jul 24, 2013 2:23 PM

    missed those lip smacks

  6. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 24, 2013 2:25 PM

    Didnt even mention his name.

    In related news, Hernandez probable cause hearing postponed to 8/22 because prosecution wasn’t ready. They better not screw this up…

  7. patriots123456 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:28 PM

    This is about what most people predicted.

    Legally, I don’t think he can say much anyway.

  8. spellingcops says: Jul 24, 2013 2:28 PM

    Why does the media ever expect to get anything out of this guy?

  9. whatnojets says: Jul 24, 2013 2:28 PM

    You will hear from us, Mr. Belichick.

    Sincerely,

    Screwem, Goode & Hart
    Attorneys at Law

  10. fryeways says: Jul 24, 2013 2:28 PM

    This was a better statement than you’re advertising it as – he said what he feels and then correctly deferred to the gag order on ongoing investigations. We really can’t hope for more at this point.

  11. steelbloggin says: Jul 24, 2013 2:30 PM

    Picture Caption: “Happy, Happy, Happy”

  12. thetruth146 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:31 PM

    In the 2012 season Pats were 5-1 without Hernandez. The one loss being a 1 point loss to the Ravens.

    He was a good player, played his part well, but he did not make the offense run. His production can and will be replaced.

  13. jetssuckabig1 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:32 PM

    I can’t wait for Bill’s tell all book that is three pages long, after he retires.

  14. strokinmyego says: Jul 24, 2013 2:34 PM

    I’m curious, what exactly is it that people think Belichick owes them? He had nothing to do with Hernandez’s actions, addressed the media and now has a job to do. And that job is preparing the Patriots for the upcoming season to the best of his abilities.

  15. towniesman says: Jul 24, 2013 2:35 PM

    I am proud of our head coach,I thought he was outstanding the way he handled himself at the press conference today

  16. jnbnet says: Jul 24, 2013 2:36 PM

    Hate to disapoint the haters, but it looks like the circus has moved on.

  17. redbullenergydrink says: Jul 24, 2013 2:37 PM

    Did anyone expect him to say anything other than what he said?

  18. kdub79 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:38 PM

    The way I see it he owes Hernandez a HUGE thank you. Does anyone even remember that Tim Tebow is on the Patriots? Yea, that happened, and no one is talking about it. They’ve accomplished the impossible: tolerating the short term summer media circus in exchange for avoiding the even bigger Tebow media circus. Well done, Lord Hoodie. Well done.

  19. steelerfanforlife says: Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    You signed him, you deal with the consequences! The media should keep pushing for more answers from Belichick and the Patriots. Don’t give in just because Bill doesn’t want to talk about it. He and the Patriots were arrogant with taking all these “questionable” players and the media ate up the “Patriot Way”. Now they need to answer for it and shouldn’t be able to just say “no comment”!!!

  20. marima07 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:40 PM

    That’s what you picked up from his presser? That’s it? Belichick said more than that, and it’s more than merely “falling back on the standard line of not commenting on an ongoing criminal investigation.”

    That part is real. Anything more leads to subpoenas as a witness for either the criminal case or possible civil suit filed by the family.

  21. heisthejuan says: Jul 24, 2013 2:41 PM

    I think he said a lot more than most were expecting. Time for the media to refocus its efforts on Tebow.

  22. larryfinfan says: Jul 24, 2013 2:41 PM

    I’m as far from a pasties fan as you can get. I still think BB cheated a few years back, however, I also thought the questions being asked of him by some of the media were stupid. They have a process in place to try to evaluate all players they acquire. All teams do. In this case, it appears as tho it failed. All teams have had this happen to them at one time or another. They will adjust the process based on what they’ve learned from the Hernandez situation. All teams will. You can anticipate that guys will be out late, get soused at times, get into scraps, DUI tickets, accidents, maybe even some idiot will take a gun into a nightclub and get caught. But you don’t anticipate that a guy allegedly murdered someone. No team does. This could have been any team as SOME team would have taken a shot on Hernandez coming out of that draft, it happened to be the pasties. Some team may have extended his contract based on the fact that the guy was tearing up the league on the field. Any team would. There’s no reason to ‘blame’ the pasties or BB on this matter. It happened, they’ll learn something from it and move on, as should the rest of us…

  23. stoutfiles says: Jul 24, 2013 2:43 PM

    It’s time to talk about it everyday, forever, until Bill finally snaps.

  24. lanman11 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:43 PM

    Not surprised he was more expressive than usual in this instance. Now it’s back to business.

  25. flash1283 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:44 PM

    steelerfanforlife says: Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    You signed him, you deal with the consequences! The media should keep pushing for more answers from Belichick and the Patriots. Don’t give in just because Bill doesn’t want to talk about it. He and the Patriots were arrogant with taking all these “questionable” players and the media ate up the “Patriot Way”. Now they need to answer for it and shouldn’t be able to just say “no comment”!!!

    Obviously you didn’t listen to the press conference

  26. psuorioles says: Jul 24, 2013 2:45 PM

    I’m sure the players were advised not to say anything…. honestly what could they really say that would have any significance to the situation…

  27. lanman11 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:47 PM

    @steelerfanforlife

    “The Patriot Way” is largely a media creation based on their past behavior and success. They have one of the lowest arrest rates in the NFL. Why would they have to answer to the media or people like you for ANYTHING? What would those answers have to be to satisfy you? Would they have to match your twisted world thinking? Don’t be a moron.

  28. vandalay1 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:49 PM

    Ever wonder why mattwalshvideo loves the Pats so much?

    Obsessed really…do you even like football besides the Patriots?

    Laces out little buddy, laces out…

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:51 PM

    Fine statement by Belichick. Gave up a bit more of his personal feelings than I expected. Then put up the usual stone wall when the media started asking stupid questions.

  30. mistrezzrachael says: Jul 24, 2013 2:51 PM

    steelerfanforlife says: Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    You signed him, you deal with the consequences! The media should keep pushing for more answers from Belichick and the Patriots. Don’t give in just because Bill doesn’t want to talk about it. He and the Patriots were arrogant with taking all these “questionable” players and the media ate up the “Patriot Way”. Now they need to answer for it and shouldn’t be able to just say “no comment”!!!

    OK STEELER Fan….So Tomlin and the front office were responsible for Ben RAPING 2 women???? [ that we know of that weren't paid off 1st]

    And the Rooneys responsible for the introduction of steroids to [ all of] pro sports, not just the NFL, in the late 70′s???? Yes, your Steelers won 4 Big Ones…all w/dianabol laden players, on an average of 20 mg/day /player..Then it moved to Chargers, then all of pro sports.

    Do not call those out w/o 1st checking out your own kitchen…and yes, it’s real dirty

    Please get a life you clown

  31. vandalay1 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:53 PM

    And steelerfanforlife…you sound like a complete zero…

  32. dsigrey says: Jul 24, 2013 2:53 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:25 PM
    Didnt even mention his name.

    In related news, Hernandez probable cause hearing postponed to 8/22 because prosecution wasn’t ready. They better not screw this up…

    He did say his name at the very beginning. Then didn’t say it again.

  33. surfinbird1 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:53 PM

    Tries to move on?? He has moved on. The media should try to move on. Been flippin’ to every sports show thats on right now ,and so far nothing but very positive reviews from all. Great job Hoodie. Never thought I would see it.

  34. rc33 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:53 PM

    It’s an ongoing investigation. Saying nothing is not only the right call, it’s pretty much the only call at this point.
    But you guys know this because by every indication, you all went to law school.

  35. idothis2 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    Pats fans are sheep being lead to the slaughter. SMH at these comments. if it were another team they would try to shove their holier than thou comments down peoples throats.

  36. patsfansincegrogan says: Jul 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    Florio is a lawyer, he should do an article about what type of liability the New England Patriot organization could find themselves in if anyone says anything that can remotely be seen as any type of ‘warning flag.’
    Imagine if someone said “he seemed different at camp after murdering those first two guys, so I’m not surprised at this,” or anything remotely suggestions prior concern or indication that was ignored?
    The Pats have the deepest pockets here, I’m sure the lawyers for all the estates are getting ready to sue them on some grounds. The only real question here is if there are enough Hernandez victims to make the case a class action.

  37. footballfan58 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    steelerfanforlife says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM
    You signed him, you deal with the consequences! The media should keep pushing for more answers from Belichick and the Patriots. Don’t give in just because Bill doesn’t want to talk about it. He and the Patriots were arrogant with taking all these “questionable” players and the media ate up the “Patriot Way”. Now they need to answer for it and shouldn’t be able to just say “no comment”!!!

    ***********************

    Seriously????!!!! Because BB signed AH to play football, he owes the media an explanation for his actions in his personal life, off the field, away from Gillette Stadium, during the off season??????

  38. chiadam says: Jul 24, 2013 2:58 PM

    Dial M for Murderousness!

  39. rhamrhoddy says: Jul 24, 2013 2:59 PM

    steelerfanforlife says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    You signed him, you deal with the consequences! The media should keep pushing for more answers from Belichick and the Patriots. Don’t give in just because Bill doesn’t want to talk about it.

    ___________

    Have you watched any Belichick press conferences? Ever? Push all you want. Good luck.

  40. bostoncommon says: Jul 24, 2013 3:00 PM

    Boy, you weren’t watching the same press conference I was watching, Darin Gannt. I’ve been a Pats fan for many many years and this guy today was, for the first time, human and relateable. It was NOT business as usual. Probably never see this side of him again, but to make it seem like the same old Robotic Bill is very misleading.

  41. marcuswelby1 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:01 PM

    steelerfanforlife says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM
    You signed him, you deal with the consequences! The media should keep pushing for more answers from Belichick and the Patriots. Don’t give in just because Bill doesn’t want to talk about it. He and the Patriots were arrogant with taking all these “questionable” players and the media ate up the “Patriot Way”. Now they need to answer for it and shouldn’t be able to just say ” no comment “.

    —————————————————-

    You and the rest of the haters just don’t get it. The media didn’t eat up the “Patriot Way” they created it!
    BB has never uttered that phrase, again it was/is media created.
    Unfortunately for you, expect the Patriots to make another run at the championship.

  42. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:02 PM

    Talk about arrogance…wow . Well, I guess when you have the media on your side, you can get away with it.

  43. broo53 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    “Might have saw”. “Might have seen” perhaps? Do writers actually study English these days?

  44. jnbnet says: Jul 24, 2013 3:20 PM

    jetssuckabig1 says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:32 PM
    I can’t wait for Bill’s tell all book that is three pages long, after he retires.

    Dude!…That was funny.

  45. ampats says: Jul 24, 2013 3:21 PM

    And now from this moment no one will ever hear the name of Aaron Hernandez again from anyone in the Patriots organization.

    Time to move on !

  46. fanofevilempire says: Jul 24, 2013 3:23 PM

    I have a strange feeling the BB knows more then he is saying, I think he knows who did what, when and why. I think that BB knows where the gun is too, notice he said twice that he was out of the country when this happened, why, is he trying to establish a alibi. I think the police should search BB house.

  47. brettfavresmidget says: Jul 24, 2013 3:24 PM

    Bill: The only regret I have with Aaron is that I didn’t spend more time reading the Bible with him.

  48. mugsymagpie says: Jul 24, 2013 3:27 PM

    @ steelerfanforlife says, “You signed him, you deal with the consequences! The media should keep pushing for more answers from Belichick and the Patriots.”

    Answers to what!? Why they did not look into a crystal ball on Hernandez. He is a murderer! The Pats dropped the ball! Sorry they did not do their homework like the Steelers did on a sexual predator like Rothlisberger. You know the guy who has SETTLED OUT OF COURT to those who alledged he raped them. BTW, didn’t you have a running back on your team who has sympathetic to Osama Bin Laden? hmmm

  49. hendeeze says: Jul 24, 2013 3:28 PM

    This year’s emmy goes too… William Belichick!

  50. boblavoie says: Jul 24, 2013 3:32 PM

    “The Patriot Way”: From the heart, for the community, for the fans and players, preparation, team effort, and providing the NFL with high quality play.

    It is a shame that some players take the wrong road and it becomes a distraction. A good coach won’t let this happen. BB is about football and his response to the situation and media questions were honorable. Many of you haters would love to have this guy as your team’s coach so try saying something worthwhile. Hell is the absents of reason and some of you make this page and site very painful and ugly.

    Take a lesson from this organization and this coach, you might learn something.

  51. scalfor3 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    Wish someone in the press had asked Bill about what Urban Meyer said about Hernandez prior to the draft. Would’ve been interesting to see his reaction.

  52. patsfan13 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:35 PM

    What’s all this brouhaha? Brouhaha? HaHaHa!

  53. spedman24 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:38 PM

    What a jerk this guy is, basically would answer the question: Was Aaron Hernandez on your team last year?

    What a joke.

  54. mattwalshvideo says: Jul 24, 2013 3:39 PM

    we heard this same woe is me mumbling nonsense after Spygate, that franchise has always been a disgrace under Belicheat and Kraft.

    Stay Classy NE

  55. azarkhan says: Jul 24, 2013 3:40 PM

    Sorry poor, pathetic, pouty Patriot haters, but Belichick isn’t interested in playing your game.

  56. flash1283 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:40 PM

    bmoreravens1012013 says:
    Jul 24, 2013 3:02 PM
    Talk about arrogance…wow . Well, I guess when you have the media on your side, you can get away with it.

    —–
    What are u talking about, where was the arrogance?
    Did you listen to the press conference?

  57. flash1283 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:43 PM

    idothis2 says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:57 PM
    Pats fans are sheep being lead to the slaughter. SMH at these comments. if it were another team they would try to shove their holier than thou comments down peoples throats.

    1 4
    —-
    Get over it!

  58. idothis2 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:49 PM

    Pats fans = the worst kind of hypocrites. kill others(pun), but protect their own to the death

  59. crush22 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:50 PM

    Belicheat needs to step up like a man and face the questions. Never seen a bigger pansy in my life. Maybe he could just run away from the podium early, like he does on the field when he loses Super Bowls.

  60. mwatts1 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:55 PM

    Wow! There are a ton of New England trolls on here. Thumbs down everything, even if it makes sense! The dumb leading the dumb and blind….

  61. pastabelly says: Jul 24, 2013 4:01 PM

    thetruth146 says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:31 PM
    In the 2012 season Pats were 5-1 without Hernandez. The one loss being a 1 point loss to the Ravens.

    He was a good player, played his part well, but he did not make the offense run. His production can and will be replaced.
    ==================================
    I’ll agree with you. The biggest question mark on the team is the health of Gronkowski. That will make or break the fortunes of New England. Hernandez was a good player and will be missed, but his loss isn’t a difference maker. It probably gives Julian Edelman more opportunities as well as Ballard.

    I am not sure what there really is to say from the Patriots. What do people want the Patriots to say? The Patriots are in no way responsible for what Hernandez did.

  62. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 24, 2013 4:15 PM

    bmoreravens1012013 | Jul 24, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT
    Talk about arrogance…wow . Well, I guess when you have the media on your side, you can get away with it.

    Only a Baltimoron would say something that stupid. Always feeling the need for respect. Such a cry baby…grow up.

  63. chlstn says: Jul 24, 2013 4:15 PM

    The haters must have a pretty bad foot ball season. They hate all the teams that beat them then they hate the hate they create. The Patriots and the Broncos will dominate the AFC. We’ll check in on steelerfanforlife in January. He’ll be hating the company that built his TV.

  64. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Jul 24, 2013 4:21 PM

    Mattwalshvideo is obsessed with the patriots. I feel bad for you.

  65. boblavoie says: Jul 24, 2013 4:27 PM

    Idiothis2 – I don’t think you know what a pun is. And your ignorant remark makes no sense what so ever. Try posting else where like some IMH website. They might understand you there.

  66. fanofevilempire says: Jul 24, 2013 4:39 PM

    he could have at least worn a Free Hernandez hat

  67. brazzz01 says: Jul 24, 2013 9:07 PM

    We can’t move on from Spygate.

  68. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 24, 2013 10:34 PM

    He tries to avoid commenting on any topic. He darn sure will avoid this one.

  69. tiger7575 says: Jul 24, 2013 11:03 PM

    That Barney Rubble, what an actor.

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