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Rolling Stone story goes hard on Patriots’ handling of Hernandez

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The massive Rolling Stone investigation of Aaron Hernandez is now online, and one of the major takeaways of the piece is that the Patriots shoulder a lot of the blame for looking the other way about Hernandez’s off-field issues, and failing to see that Hernandez was a legal mess waiting to happen.

Hernandez now sits in jail awaiting trial, accused of murdering Odin Lloyd. The article, written by Rolling Stone contributing editor Paul Solotaroff and Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges, suggests that the Patriots botched the process of keeping their own house in order.

Specifically, coach Bill Belichick is blamed for replacing the team’s security chief, a former Massachusetts state trooper named Frank Mendes, with Mark Briggs, a Brit whose background was in providing security for Wembley Stadium. The story suggests that if the Patriots had kept Mendes, they would have known a lot more about Hernandez’s dealings with what Rolling Stone describes as “thugs” and “stone-cold gangsters.”

Rolling Stone also goes hard on Patriots owner Robert Kraft, calling his claim that he was duped “arrant nonsense.” According to Rolling Stone‘s reporting, Hernandez was regularly using illegal drugs, hanging out with criminals and getting mixed up in so many bad situations that the only way the Patriots wouldn’t have known is if they didn’t want to know.

In fairness to the Patriots, however, it’s a lot easier to recognize Hernandez’s warning signs with 20/20 hindsight after he has already been charged with murder. Hernandez was, after all, a free man, so it wasn’t just the Patriots he was hiding these alleged illegal activities from. It was law enforcement as well. And Hernandez had managed to last three years in the NFL without ever being suspended under the league’s substance-abuse or personal-conduct policies.

Rolling Stone also details a confrontation Hernandez had with the Lloyd two days before Lloyd was shot and killed, and the magazine’s investigation offers some evidence that hadn’t previously been publicly disclosed, including that Hernandez’s home-security system caught him screaming “You can’t trust anyone anymore!” shortly after he and Lloyd exchanged angry words at a nightclub. (Hernandez apparently destroyed some, but not all, of the footage from his home security system before police searched his house.)

Despite the chilling murder scene Rolling Stone describes at the opening of the article, the end of the article quotes legal experts suggesting that the prosecution’s case is not open-and-shut, and that Hernandez could be acquitted by convincing a jury that it was actually one of his friends, Ernest Wallace or Carlos Ortiz, who killed Lloyd.

The Hernandez story is far from over, but the Rolling Stone story is one of the deepest looks yet at what has transpired so far. And it’s a story that does not reflect well on anyone involved. Certainly not the Patriots.

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  1. floratiotime says: Aug 28, 2013 11:39 AM

    How is it up to a professional football team to straighten out these criminals ? If I’m not mistaken they’re adults by the time they’re drafted, right ? Isn’t the ‘character formation’ horse long out of the barn by then ?

  2. chillyball says: Aug 28, 2013 11:43 AM

    I bet prosecutors start calling Patriots staff and administration to testify. Damn, Belechik is gonna HATE the attention. But, when you take a chance on a draft pick who might be a problem, this is the nightmare you hope to avoid.

    That being said, I hope Hernanadez the serial killer gets put down on a table.

  3. nygf says: Aug 28, 2013 11:44 AM

    What’s great about RS magazine is that it doubles as a mat to wipe your feet on. Once it gets too dirty to use, another one shows up a couple of weeks later. Also makes great lining for pet cages. Highly recommended.

  4. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 28, 2013 11:46 AM

    Creepy to say the least.

  5. marcuswelby70 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:46 AM

    Without even reading it, if Borges is a contributing editor, you can bet that this will be slanted against the Patriots and especially Belicheck.

  6. randy8123 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:48 AM

    Only by the luck of covering the same teams as Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy is Borges saved from being the biggest contrarian hack in the northeast.

  7. achap39 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:48 AM

    So the Pats get hammered, but Urban Meyer seemingly gets a free pass? If he had instituted the sort of discipline that coaches SHOULD institute, he never plays at down at UF.

    He should have been kicked out of Florida long before the phrase ‘NFL Draft’ was ever an option.

  8. ingraven says: Aug 28, 2013 11:49 AM

    Can football season HURRY UP and start so we can stop hearing about these stories?!?!?!

  9. Joe Strazzere says: Aug 28, 2013 11:50 AM

    “The article, written by Rolling Stone contributing editor Paul Solotaroff and Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges…”

    Ron Borges.

  10. riggo08 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:51 AM

    While the ownership of the Patriots is among the best in the NFL (I would add the Steelers and Ravens to the list), you have to remember that the NFL is a business. Hernandez performed on the field and made Kraft a lot of money. It is easy to turn your head and then claim surprise later…c’mon folks things happen on EVERY team.

  11. tedmurph says: Aug 28, 2013 11:52 AM

    An article critical of the Pats and RBorges is at the bottom of it. Thanks for telling me; now I won’t waste my time reading it.

  12. tim2200 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:52 AM

    Former Boston Globe (fired for plagiarism – google it if you need to confirm) and current Boston Herald columnist (not investigative writer – columnist) writer Ron Borges helped author this??
    The same Ron Borges widely known for personal animus against Bill Belichick??
    That’s who co-authored this??
    Shocked that it’s anti-Patriot. NOT!!!

  13. southpaw2k says: Aug 28, 2013 11:55 AM

    I’m very puzzled and surprised at the suggestion that Hernandez had been using all kinds of drugs during his tenure with the Patriots, and yet avoided any kind of suspension for testing positive for illegal substances. The odds that he was never tested during his career with the Patriots are about as close to zero as one can get, so how did no one notice or care about it?

    If this allegation were to be true, the league office also shares some blame for not properly disciplining Hernandez. I realize that drugs are fairly small cookies compared to murdering several people in cold blood, but that’s just more fuel to the proverbial fire.

  14. 6ball says: Aug 28, 2013 11:55 AM

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    Ron Borges with a chance to even the score with the Patriots? Certainly, it will be ”fair and balanced ”.

    .

  15. u4iadman says: Aug 28, 2013 11:57 AM

    Appreciate the author called it like it is…Pats not duped, they are misleading their fans.
    Sad.

  16. rcp29 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:58 AM

    Loving the vitriol from the ESPN Patriots fans trying to defend their beloved crooked franchise

    Signed,
    Fans of Every Other Team

  17. whatnojets says: Aug 28, 2013 11:58 AM

    So, can the Patriots be charged as “co-conspirators”? It certainly sounds like that to me.

  18. all4patriots says: Aug 28, 2013 11:58 AM

    Rolling Stone? journalism?

    Go to them when you want a ranking of top guitar riffs

  19. jfarsportsblog says: Aug 28, 2013 11:58 AM

    Please. Hernandez is a grown man, there’s nobody to blame but himself.

  20. wtfpft says: Aug 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    Not the Patriot way, noooo. I believed so hard in that. They would never do anything wrong.

    /sarcasm

  21. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 28, 2013 12:00 PM

    “How is it up to a professional football team to straighten out these criminals?”

    It’s not up to the team to straighten the players out. But it is up to them to manage the players who play for them. If they knowingly looked the other way with regard to drug abuse and criminal behavior then they are responsible for not kicking Hernandez to the curb sooner (or turning him in to the authorities for having broken the law).

    You can argue all you want that he was worth the trouble. But if that were true then why did the Pats drop him like a bad habit once the cat was out of the bag. If the teams would take a harder line with these players then there wouldn’t be such rampant abuse of drugs and criminal behavior. It’s a tough sport and tough guys play it, but teams should not look the other way when they know something is wrong. If my team is taking Adderall or PEDs I want those players kicked to the curb and seeking addiction counseling and the like. If my team has players that are breaking laws, then my team has a duty to turn the players in to the local authorities. There should be no breaks simply because they can play football at a high level.

  22. th56 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:02 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Aug 28, 2013 11:39 AM
    “How is it up to a professional football team to straighten out these criminals ? If I’m not mistaken they’re adults by the time they’re drafted, right ? Isn’t the ‘character formation’ horse long out of the barn by then ?”

    I don’t think this is the teams responsibility either, but it is their responsibility to keep people like this off their team and out of the NFL. Also a lot of people looked the other way in this mans life, and it’s too bad for him that his football skills were more important to coaches than developing him into a responsible man, something all these coaches keep spouting from high school on up, yet in reality they rarely do, especially if it impacts their team.

  23. somekat says: Aug 28, 2013 12:04 PM

    floratiotime says: Aug 28, 2013 11:39 AM

    How is it up to a professional football team to straighten out these criminals ? If I’m not mistaken they’re adults by the time they’re drafted, right ? Isn’t the ‘character formation’ horse long out of the barn by then ?

    ____________________

    It isn’t. But it is their responsibility to not give a career criminal 12.5 million dollar to further his criminal dealing.

    It’s not my responsibility to stop the dude selling dope and crack 2 blocks from me, but that doesn’t mean it’s ok for me to hang out with them and act like they are good people either

  24. dbrown224 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:06 PM

    Ah, the patriot way

  25. skoobyfl says: Aug 28, 2013 12:06 PM

    What’s new about a very talented guy getting away with playing all these games ? Vick had a dog in the hunt, many players like watching ballet & so forth. It’s not a matter of a team turning a blind eye, it’s a matter of having a level of self-respect to not allow this to happen.

    This team has done everything it could to win & then some. When the cameras stopped rolling, so did the championships. Makes you wonder at what price will this team stoop to win, I bet the river runs deeper than most teams.

  26. brokenjay says: Aug 28, 2013 12:08 PM

    We’re supposed to respect anything from a magazine that put Tsarnaev on it’s cover and portrayed him as a rock star?

  27. alphaq2 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:10 PM

    20/20 hindsight??? The guy “accidentally” shot somebody in the face in college. I’d say the writing was on the wall and clearly legible.

    I can’t help but snicker when it comes to the Patriots and the perception that they run such a tight ship. That team is so lucky to be in the division they are in. It must be nice starting every season 6-0.

  28. descendency says: Aug 28, 2013 12:12 PM

    Ron Borges. That’s all I had to see. Thanks for the warning.

  29. jollyjoker2 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:12 PM

    Rolling stone put the Boston Bomber on the cover as a misguided hero…Yeah, I really think they are objective.

  30. jnbnet says: Aug 28, 2013 12:13 PM

    Look “Hack” in the dictionary and you will see a picture of Ron Borges. This guy hates Bill Bellichick and anything to do with the Patriots. He was fired from the Boston Globe. I don’t know why he is still with the Herald….I don’t know anyone who reads his hatefull trash.

  31. phinfan527 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:15 PM

    Curtis Martin didn’t have a great upbringing and he is a hall of famer. Although we don’t choose our parents or upbringing, we eventually make choices that we have to be responsible for. Aaron, blame the guy in the mirror. Nobody put the drugs in your body. You chose your friends. Now you have no freedom. Deal with it.

  32. whywerule says: Aug 28, 2013 12:16 PM

    No question that the Pats were stupid to give Hernandez that big pay day in 2012, but if anyone believes that Ron Borges can write an objective article about the Patriots then they also believe that Rush Limbaugh can speak objectively about Obama, and that Rachel Maddow can speak objectively about George W. Bush.

  33. donth8thehorns says: Aug 28, 2013 12:17 PM

    Oh buzz off people.. I’m a Viking fan and admire the way the patriots do business!! This is the entertainment industry! Worth billions of dollars. When you have a revenue generating asset like AH, of course he is given special treatment!
    To suggest, they report him for “hearing” of some questionable people he kicked it with is pure fantasy!
    I am in sales, I sell more myself than my whole branch together! Do they let me take days off when I want, miss meetings, and come in late if I choose? Darn right! Can the guy that is barely making his numbers do that? H no! It’s the same no matter what, just the dollars are bigger!!!
    He and he alone are responsible for him!

  34. jmblosser82 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:18 PM

    Ah yes, the American way, blame everyone but the person responsible. The Patriots is a business, not a babysitter. They took a chance on the guy and they can only do so much. Why should we stop at blaming the Patriots, lets add his parents, grandparents, and anyone else who used to babysit him.
    This is a grown man, he made his choices and he can live with the results.

  35. patriots123456 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:18 PM

    If you have a copy of Rolling Stone’s article and Ron Borges had anything to do with it…

    Place your copy in the bathroom in case you run out of toilet paper…

  36. justintuckrule says: Aug 28, 2013 12:21 PM

    You people should be applauding media outlets like R.S. for its unbiased reporting instead of criticizing them. In an age where North Korea (er. NFL) controls the media and pulls media credentials for publishing objective views, the R.S. article, whether you disagree with it or not, is very refreshing.

  37. southcarolinamike says: Aug 28, 2013 12:22 PM

    Who gets credit for creating the worst criminal in the history of the world? Because, this guy is.

    I would like to blame Aaron Hernandez for his problems.

  38. lonespeed says: Aug 28, 2013 12:24 PM

    Weren’t we just vilifying Rolling Stone for putting a terrorist on the cover?

  39. denverwally says: Aug 28, 2013 12:26 PM

    seahawks4alltime says:
    Aug 28, 2013 12:00 PM
    “How is it up to a professional football team to straighten out these criminals?”

    “…. If the teams would take a harder line with these players then there wouldn’t be such rampant abuse of drugs and criminal behavior.

    It’s a tough sport and tough guys play it, but teams should not look the other way when they know something is wrong. If my team is taking Adderall or PEDs I want those players kicked to the curb and seeking addiction counseling and the like. ….”

    ================================

    Then I assume you want the immediate removal of Richard Sherman from your Sehawks, as he failed a PED test and only beat the punishment based on the now disgraced “Ryan Braun” gambit. Challenge the handling of the sample. At the end of the day, he failed the test spectacularly.
    Simple as that.

  40. meatsweat says: Aug 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    Rob Borges…that’s where I stopped.

  41. nesportsfan0428 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:31 PM

    Came to the comments looking for Ron Borges bashing; was not disapointed. Once you see his name attached to an article, you know it’s complete garbage.

  42. clemenza58 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:31 PM

    Rolling Stone isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

  43. damnsureis says: Aug 28, 2013 12:32 PM

    I wonder if they quoted any of the articles written by Ron Borges about Hernandez’s issues before he was made a suspect. I would think that if Kraft and Belicheck were aware of how obviously troubled and dangerous Hernandez was then clearly a man whose job it is to write about the team would have seen the signs.

  44. redskins81 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:35 PM

    This is the same magazine that put a terrorist on its cover, what do I care what they print…

  45. cmonmannn32 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:40 PM

    it’s not the Patriots, or Gators, or any other team or coach he’s played for fault. morals and good judgement are taught by their parents, plain and simple.

  46. smackingfools says: Aug 28, 2013 12:43 PM

    More proof professional sports drug testing program is a joke.

  47. bigblue732 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:43 PM

    If you were to suspend all the criminals in the NFL today, everyone would be down to a 25 man roster. #justsayin

  48. bullcharger says: Aug 28, 2013 12:46 PM

    Borges strikes again. What a goof. He’s tries his hardest to take down the team that gives him a good living.

  49. bigtimebrownie says: Aug 28, 2013 12:46 PM

    Love or hate the Patriots – why is it an employer’s fault if an employee commits a crime on their own time?

  50. mumfio says: Aug 28, 2013 12:48 PM

    The Patriots drafted Hernandez in the 4th round because he had issues in college. They tried to get a draft bargain by getting a more talented player at a lower spot based on those issues. Most teams do this. To imply that the Pat’s should have known is just stupid. The Pat’s wouldn’t knowingly draft a potential murderer. Should the Cardinals cut the Honey Badger based on the same reasoning?

  51. sactogary says: Aug 28, 2013 12:53 PM

    clemenza58 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:31 PM

    Rolling Stone isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.
    ======================
    That applies to the only version as well.

  52. pillowporkers says: Aug 28, 2013 12:56 PM

    Good read, I recommend

  53. ridge13 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    I know I’m getting older and forget things but seems like Rolling Stone is the mag that had a cover with Charles Manson and the title “Man of the year” back around 1970. Can’t figure how they can be critical of too many people.

  54. newagerocker says: Aug 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    I don’t care what anyone in the NFL says about character, the bottom line is the almighty dollar. If Hernandez got out of jail on bail tomorrow and was not convicted of anything, he’d be on some teams opening day roster. Bet.

  55. skakodker says: Aug 28, 2013 1:09 PM

    In the recent past, Rolling Stone has done much to endear itself to the people of New England and the people of Boston in particular. I am being sarcastic of course. Why anyone still buys and/or reads their drivel is beyond me.

  56. captainhairdo says: Aug 28, 2013 1:09 PM

    ‘With The Benefit Of Hindsight, I Wish I Had Done More’. Every media outlet including collegefootballtalk.com, blasted Joe Paterno for this comment. Why should the Patriots and the NFL get the benefit of the doubt now?

  57. u4iadman says: Aug 28, 2013 1:11 PM

    Author got this story right…looks like caught Pats organization in some lies too.

  58. buddysguys says: Aug 28, 2013 1:12 PM

    AH is just another entitled athlete on a long list that because of their skill they were able to as they wanted….until he finally became an adult and is now paying for his bad decisions. It falls on his parents, the school and the employer that just gave a 23 year old kid 40 million dollars.

    also this article makes me wonder how many other NFLers burn trees on the reg with out any issues???

  59. dowhatifeellike says: Aug 28, 2013 1:14 PM

    If everyone in his life knew he was on drugs, where are the positive tests? I’d like to see how that one plays out in court. Could be another black eye for the NFL’s drug testing program.

    Von Miller is sitting (rightfully so) for spilling his first sample and then giving a diluted second, yet Hernandez supposedly does angel dust on the regular and smokes weed after games and… nothing?

  60. toybkshr says: Aug 28, 2013 1:16 PM

    Well – so much for unbiased and objective – “Ron Borges” – you gotta be kidding!

  61. bushwoodcc says: Aug 28, 2013 1:16 PM

    All you need to do to see how much of an agenda Borges has against Belichick and the Pats is to do a little research on Briggs background.

    The article goes well out of its way to downplay
    Briggs qualifications and resume, which include not just events at Wembley, but also the Sydney and London Olympics, and he has been working with the Pats since around 2000, when they started transtiotioning from the old stadium to the new one.

    The article does rasie some interesting discussion points, but really reaches in more than a couple spots.

  62. blackluckz says: Aug 28, 2013 1:26 PM

    Just want to add to the Ron Borges comments. Guy is a hack and a hater. Let’s get a real reporter on the story.

  63. nukeslovesit says: Aug 28, 2013 1:35 PM

    I love that they claim he was a PCP addict. I tried that stuff a few times back when I was young and dumb, and it messes with your mind.

    A friend of mine had a conversation with Babe Ruth in my backyard after a few hits (I’m not joking).

  64. northstarnic says: Aug 28, 2013 1:39 PM

    So in other words his personal life resembled that of about half the guys in the league. Shocking.
    Got a bad feeling it won’t be long until we’re talking g about another NFLer who got away with murder.

  65. squared80 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:50 PM

    The Patriots like to think they’re all high and mighty just because they got 100% lucky with Tom Brady as their quarterback.

    In reality, they’re just like any other team who will choose ability over character. Oh, and Bill Belichick would be the same flop he was in Cleveland if he was without Tom Brady. Fact.

  66. kvanhorn87 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:56 PM

    How do you with any credibility leave out the part of the story that says Hernandez confides in Belichek and was advised to get a safe house? A friggin safe house?? This entry of yours is biased.

  67. lflib69 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:57 PM

    I highly doubt the Patriots would have signed Hernandez to that big contract if they had known what we know now. Does everyone really believe what they read without knowing the true facts? SMH at the mentality of some of you people.

  68. bamboozle99 says: Aug 28, 2013 1:59 PM

    Yeah, stop the silliness. Pats were duped, they had no idea.

  69. jnbnet says: Aug 28, 2013 2:04 PM

    dowhatifeellike says:
    Aug 28, 2013 1:14 PM
    If everyone in his life knew he was on drugs, where are the positive tests? I’d like to see how that one plays out in court. Could be another black eye for the NFL’s drug testing program.

    Von Miller is sitting (rightfully so) for spilling his first sample and then giving a diluted second, yet Hernandez supposedly does angel dust on the regular and smokes weed after games and… nothing?

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    Whit all the stories flying around, its hard to separate truth from fiction. Given that Borges was involved……there could be a lot of fiction.

  70. eldarknight says: Aug 28, 2013 2:10 PM

    NFL teams are a business and like any business they assets, in this case the players. It is a very poorly run business that doesn’t manage it’s assets. Unless it knows there are problems with it’s assets and knowingly covers them up or ignores them at it’s own peril. Either way, poor management.

  71. kate773 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:22 PM

    I won’t make any comments on the veracity of the article since I haven’t read it and I wasn’t in the Patriots locker room or front office, but writing this article must have been like Christmas Day for Ron Borges. He goes out of his way to trash the Patriots to the point its a running joke in Boston. He loathes Belichick so he’ll take any opportunity to throw him under the bus.

  72. whatnojets says: Aug 28, 2013 2:25 PM

    So…Aaron is innocent, right???

  73. chi01town says: Aug 28, 2013 2:40 PM

    LETS GET THIS STRAIT RIGHT NOW
    the Patriots didnt have nothing to do with what this bum was out there doing. Aaron killed Lloyd and everybody with half a brain knows he did it. Put this idiot on death row and stop trying to blame a NFL football team for what Aaron did. Anybody that had a 41 million dollar contract and end up in jail deserve to die.

  74. toybkshr says: Aug 28, 2013 2:41 PM

    squared80 says:
    In reality, they’re just like any other team who will choose ability over character. Oh, and Bill Belichick would be the same flop he was in Cleveland if he was without Tom Brady. Fact. —————————————————————————-
    Dude – get your ‘Fact’s straight, went 11-5 with Matt (can’t hold a QB job on any other team) Cassell!

  75. jp4120 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:46 PM

    The Patriots signed him because Bel-i-cheat looked the other way and ignored warning signs.
    Kraft is a pompous rich guy that thinks he is a genious because he lucked out and drafted Tom Brady in the 6th round.
    anyone else notice no super bowl wins since no filming(cheating) allowed? or is it just me….

  76. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 28, 2013 2:51 PM

    a cheating organization, and a classless fan base deserve this negative attention.

  77. UPYRS says: Aug 28, 2013 3:19 PM

    And the Dynasty implodes, With the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft the NE Pats select…. All The Cell Block C Players

  78. fground says: Aug 28, 2013 3:31 PM

    “How is it up to a professional football team to straighten out these criminals ? If I’m not mistaken they’re adults by the time they’re drafted, right ? Isn’t the ‘character formation’ horse long out of the barn by then?”

    I’m not sure if that is entirely true, but regardless, it is certainly in the teams best interests to understand what kind of people their players are – they invested millions in this guy.

  79. skippernuts says: Aug 28, 2013 3:40 PM

    While I understand the hate for Ron Borges, did anybody here actually read the article? It is pretty well done and not very Anti-Patriots.

  80. steelerfanjo says: Aug 28, 2013 3:48 PM

    Patriots are the worst franchise in NFL, now that Ray Lewis is retired.

  81. bighurt228 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:01 PM

    Anyone who purchases this magazine, never mind believe anything they report on, is a traitor. After putting a terrorist murderer on their cover, I made up my mind to never read that RAG again. Men and women fight bravely everyday, with their families home and sacrificing, and where are their pictures?? Stories?? Seems to me their sales have plummeted since their descisions about the terrorist, and now need to create a stir and or controversy on a new topic. Any American, or true patriot, would ignore these fools and their rag of a magazine. It’s not reporting with facts..!!! It’s sensationalism at its worst. I hope this rag is out of business by the end of the year!!!

  82. CKL says: Aug 28, 2013 4:13 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Aug 28, 2013 12:21 PM
    You people should be applauding media outlets like R.S. for its unbiased reporting instead of criticizing them. In an age where North Korea (er. NFL) controls the media and pulls media credentials for publishing objective views, the R.S. article, whether you disagree with it or not, is very refreshing.
    _________________________________
    It has nothing to do with not wanting to read “unbiased reporting”. Borges is as biased as it gets. If someone objective (neither homer nor hater) and level headed who covered the Pats at one time like Greg Bedard wrote this, I’d have no problem reading it even if it reflected poorly on my team. Real journalism is not supposed to contain agendas, only researched facts and supportable statements. There’s nothing “refreshing” about someone who was fired for plagiarism using their job for years and years to spew unwarranted venom at people. It’s third grade playground stuff.

  83. hehateme2 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:15 PM

    Sounds as if some of the pat fans here would simply ignore the murder as long as it didn’t taint the franchise.

    Well, it’s too late for that. The dirty laundry is out for all to see. Live with it.

  84. bigbamboom1 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:38 PM

    Like I said on a comment that somehow got zapped by the blog cops. Now we all know why Tim Tebow is on that roster and will make that team. He is there for only one purpose IMO. And that is to distract the media and public from the Hernandez wormhole. He is there to keep everyone focused on a polarizing circus act that has zero potential of producing a meaningful football result. But he will keep the media distracted from investigating how deep the Hernandez wormhole went on past Patriot rosters. Now we know there was a solid foundation for Matt Light’s comment about Hernandez. How many other Patriots felt like him? and why?

  85. squared80 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:48 PM

    bamboozle99 says:
    Aug 28, 2013 1:59 PM
    Yeah, stop the silliness. Pats were duped, they had no idea.

    —————————–

    You guys are so naive. It’s public knowledge that he was involved in MANY things before he got drafted, INCLUDING shooting a guy in the face with a gun at a night club. That was known before the draft by everyone, even John Q. Public.

  86. jintzforever says: Aug 28, 2013 7:03 PM

    Making LT look like a choir boy……….

  87. noring4youstill says: Aug 28, 2013 11:02 PM

    Not even ESPN could have made this s*** up on Playmakers

  88. spedman24 says: Aug 29, 2013 7:47 AM

    Wow Pats just turned a blind eye to this guys tweets, I mean tweaks…

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