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Patriots players in lock-step on Hernandez

Brandon Spikes AP

The Patriots have figured out a way for their players to “move on” from the Aaron Hernandez conversation.

They’ve told them not to talk about it.

Players said after practice they’ve been instructed to steer clear of the whole former-teammate-involved-in-murder-case conversation.

Two of Hernandez’s college and pro teammates alluded to the gag order Friday morning.

Quarterback Tim Tebow called it “heartbreaking” and “sad” but added “we’ve been advised not to talk about it,” according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

Likewise, linebacker Brandon Spikes said (via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com), “I can’t even comment. I want to but I can’t.”

They’re simply following the lead of their quarterback, who did his best to avoid the topic earlier this week.

So while debating the merits of Tebow or breaking down rookie wide receivers might become more important later, the clear MVP of Patriots camp so far is team spokesman Stacey James, who has them all on message.

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36 Responses to “Patriots players in lock-step on Hernandez”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:04 PM

    What and this surprises you ? Freaking media, as if the Pats would play into your hands and allow some young player to go off and rant and rave about this.

    You guys will get nothing. And you’ll like it. And if you don’t no one will care.

  2. ccjcsr says: Jul 26, 2013 12:06 PM

    There goes the 1st Amendment!

  3. steelbloggin says: Jul 26, 2013 12:07 PM

    SHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2013 12:10 PM

    Pirate Spikes was silent about his shipmate Aaaaarron Hernandez.

  5. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    Your a robot if you play for the Patriots. Talk about p.c. What a joke.

  6. solidarityrules says: Jul 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    The bad news: Unless you have a union contract or a government job, there is NO First Amendment at work. Your boss can fire you for drinking Pepsi instead of Coke, for wearing a button of the candidate you are supporting, or for any other reason.

  7. CKL says: Jul 26, 2013 12:13 PM

    So ccjsr if your company were involved in a legal situation and they told you not to comment about it publicly, would your 1st amendment rights be violated? What are they teaching people in school these days?

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2013 12:13 PM

    “Wot can I tell ye, matey? Ee’s inna brig and headed to the gallows…arrrrr…”.

  9. giantssb42champs says: Jul 26, 2013 12:15 PM

    BB has trained his Gestapo well.

  10. marvsleezy says: Jul 26, 2013 12:19 PM

    The Patriots are a joke – The media is a joke too for allowing them to do this junk. Ask them about the case 100 difference times till they crack or run away.

    The media should not be cow towing to the patriots like the white house press corps.

    Its your job to ask tough questions not to make friends with these jokers.

    They are just a football team, they need the media not the other way around.

    The media is supposed to represent the FANS!!!

  11. jayniner says: Jul 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    Stacey James may be the MVP now but wait until he has to explain why the Pat’s took 6 losses…..to the Bills, Dolphins and Jets.

  12. rcquinn1972 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:24 PM

    The Patriot Way … Live it, love it, & learn it .. but NEVER speak of it … it’s a whisper, you can think you’ve heard about it, but you’re not even sure!

  13. cdollaz says: Jul 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    It didn’t take long for someone who has no idea what the hell they are talking about to mention the 1st amendment.

  14. Ridley Me This says: Jul 26, 2013 12:26 PM

    Sigh, not a first amendment issue people.

    Our country is in a sad state when people can’t tell businesses from the government.

  15. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jul 26, 2013 12:26 PM

    ‘The Patriot Way’ now means to lead the league in criminal activity.

  16. titansbro says: Jul 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    Lol @ thegreatgabbert. Gabbert still sucks but that was kinda funny.

  17. bennyb82 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:36 PM

    Even when Tebow is told not to talk about something, he still manages to throw in his feelings. I think it would serve him well to add a sliver of Belichek in him.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 26, 2013 12:38 PM

    Brandon is ready to talk, keep pressin’ Team Media. He’s halfway there and confirming he has a juicy story-line. He’ s begging you to tell him it’s ok to talk. That’s all he’s asking for and he will spill everything.

  19. Ridley Me This says: Jul 26, 2013 12:39 PM

    I agree nflcrime. If only the patriots were a stand up team like Dallas, Cinci, or Oakland. You know, teams that have never signed anyone who has broken the law.

  20. t8ertot says: Jul 26, 2013 12:40 PM

    I thought that was Jack Sparrow in the pic

  21. footballfan58 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:44 PM

    Wow! Some of you people are whipping yourselves into a frenzy over the Pat’s not commenting about AH! You really need to get hold of yourselves. And what do you want to hear from the team members?

    * That AH was a great guy?
    * That we could tell from our first meeting that he was a killer?
    * That we are going to lose every game this year because we can’t function without AH?
    * That BB is really Satan and the team worships him blindly?

    Would you be happy with any of those comments? Really . . . . (SMH)

  22. kraa0901 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:49 PM

    solidarityrules- your boss can’t fire you for “any” reason. Many protected groups out there my friend (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc). Just saying…

  23. gscheelar says: Jul 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    This is the way it should be. The players’ employer has told their employees not to comment on an on-going legal investigation. If they do speak on it, the employer would have the right to discipline them accordingly.

    Even as a Canadian, I understand that the First Amendment applies to the government prohibiting freedom of speech. The US Government will not prosecute a New England Patriot for talking about Hernandez. That’s Freedom of Speech guaranteed by the Constitution.

    With any Freedom comes responsibility. So, if a player chooses to use the Freedom of Speech, the player also assumes the responsibility of the consequences of said speech. Any employer has the right to set a reasonable standard of conduct for their workplace. If an employee chooses to break that standard (i.e. speak about Hernandez) they can be terminated.

    If you follow the “Scream First Amendment first, ask questions later” logic proposed above to its end point, the average employee could walk into his/her boss’s office, tell them what they think of them in no uncertain and colorful terms and expect not to be fired. I don’t think that dog’s gonna hunt, man.

  24. gisellichek says: Jul 26, 2013 1:33 PM

    giantssb42champs says:
    Jul 26, 2013 12:15 PM

    BB has trained his Gestapo well.

    ________

    So the Patriots are the Nazi Party now?
    I love NY’ers!!!

  25. iamapatsfan says: Jul 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Jul 26, 2013 12:10 PM
    Pirate Spikes was silent about his shipmate Aaaaarron Hernandez.

    ——–

    Hahahaha. Well done.

  26. Ridley Me This says: Jul 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    kaa0901, I guess you have not heard of “Free Hire, Free Fire” states. I live in one. My boss can fire me at any time without giving any reason.

    This is America, businesses can basically do whatever they want as long as they keep giving their “free speech” to the politicians.

  27. svn2011 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    Does anyone realize that if they say anything they can be asked to say it in court ? Why would anyone want that to happen to themselves unnecessarily ? Media is so annoying.

  28. metitometin says: Jul 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    It’s a no-win situation for the Patriot players even if they wanted to talk about Hernandez. It’s a freaking ongoing legal case.

    What if they came out in support of him? How would that look to the NFL and Pats fans if they’re coming out in support of a potential triple murderer?

    And they’re certainly not going to come out against him and say that he was a loser and a piece of trash. He was a teammate and they all had personal connections with him most likely. But they can’t throw him under the bus because that would look awful and what if he is somehow cleared of all charges? It’s a no-win either way. They need to focus on football, not Hernandez.

  29. quizguy66 says: Jul 26, 2013 2:52 PM

    I would like to comment on this article but Bill Belichick has advised me not to.

    -QG

  30. marvsleezy says: Jul 26, 2013 3:10 PM

    Patriots fans are some of the dumbest in the NFL – They lick Belichicks boots.

  31. daubs17 says: Jul 26, 2013 3:31 PM

    How dare all of you pass judgement on Hernandez and this myrder case without first hearing the opinion of Jay-Z and Beyonce first! Shaaaammmee

  32. darkglobe1 says: Jul 26, 2013 8:48 PM

    How come no one is pressing Tebow for what he knew about Hernandez at Florida?

  33. brazzz01 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    Great football minds like Jim Rome and Joey Porter say all the Patriots titles are tainted and now obviously they are cheating again.

    Cmon NFL – contract that franchise NOW!

  34. atxpatfan says: Jul 26, 2013 11:40 PM

    bmoreravens1012013 says:
    Jul 26, 2013 12:12 PM
    Your a robot if you play for the Patriots. Talk about p.c. What a joke.

    —————————

    Here’s another joke for you. Ray Lewis came back from a total triceps tear in 10 weeks when other NFL players have taken nearly 3x that long for the same injury but he said he didn’t use PED’s.

    Oh yeah…he also killed 2 guys.

  35. jimmyjames65 says: Jul 27, 2013 9:22 AM

    The clear MVP of Patriots camp so far is team spokesman Stacey James, who has them all on message. I’m sure he’ll be their MVP at the end of the season also. It won’t be Brady. Word at the Texans and Ravens camp is Brady is a cheapshot. Don’t need a bounty to take care of business. He’ll meet his fate. Just like Hines Ward.

  36. jimmyjames65 says: Jul 27, 2013 9:27 AM

    Put Timmy in at QB.

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