Patriots dispute claims in Rolling Stone story

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Rolling Stone‘s report on Aaron Hernandez was harshly critical of the Patriots. Unsurprisingly, the Patriots say Rolling Stone‘s reporting got many facts wrong.

Patriots President Jonathan Kraft went on the offensive in an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, saying that the Rolling Stone report had multiple factual errors.

Specifically, the Rolling Stone claim that Hernandez had told Patriots coach Bill Belichick that he feared for his life because of contacts with unsavory characters, and that Belichick “told him to lay low, rent a safe house for a while,” was strongly disputed by Kraft, who says he spoke to Belichick about it.

“Bill told me, ‘Absolutely not. Aaron never told me his life was in danger,'” Kraft said, via Greg A. Bedard of TheMMQB.com.

Kraft also said Belichick did not threaten to cut Hernandez, and that Belichick was not the person who hired the Patriots’ security chief, who also comes in for criticism in the Rolling Stone piece.

“The stuff I know about the article is just completely factually inaccurate,” Kraft said.

Belichick has not spoken publicly about the Rolling Stone report. He will meet the media late Thursday night, after the Patriots’ preseason finale.

30 responses to “Patriots dispute claims in Rolling Stone story

  1. @schmokes

    Yeah, we have always been super honest. What have we lied about? You’re probably going to go into the old spygate scandal. Did we lie about it? We admitted what we did, thought we were in the right and got our punishment. #BiasedFans

  2. He will meet the media and still won’t speak publicly about the incident unless you consider, “Im here to talk about the team and players currently on the roster” as speaking publicly about it haha

  3. These Rolling Stone stories have far too much finger pointing at people other than the accused. I guess that’s what sells copies these days.

  4. Wait, Belicheat’s word means something now? This is the same guy who said he was “completely duped” by “AK” Hernandez, so we shouldn’t be shocked by any dribble that falls out of his mouth though

  5. Haters theres a good chance Hernadez is better than anybody your favorite team has ever had at TE and I already know “Belicheat” is a better coach

  6. somekat,

    please share where Bill Belichick said he was completely duped by Aaron Hernandez ??

    You can’t because the owner Robert Kraft made that statement.

    But let’s not let facts get in the way of your hatred of a superior franchise than the one you root for.

  7. Rolling Stone was also defending the Boston Marathon bombers last month. Yeah, they have an ounce of credibility…

  8. dlbpatsfan says:
    Aug 29, 2013 7:54 PM

    @schmokes

    Yeah, we have always been super honest. What have we lied about? You’re probably going to go into the old spygate scandal. Did we lie about it? We admitted what we did, thought we were in the right and got our punishment. #BiasedFans
    ______________________________

    Biased fans indeed. Feel free to take off those glasses.

  9. So what is the major relevance of all this stuff?

    Aaron Hernandez is the one accused of murder.
    Belichick is a football coach., not a parole officer or shrink.

  10. ampats says: Aug 29, 2013 8:24 PM

    somekat,

    please share where Bill Belichick said he was completely duped by Aaron Hernandez ??

    You can’t because the owner Robert Kraft made that statement.

    But let’s not let facts get in the way of your hatred of a superior franchise than the one you root for

    ___________________

    2 different sentences, referring to 2 different thing. The 1st being that Belicheat’s word is irrelevant, he’s a proven liar. The 2nd being that we should not be surprised by any dribble that comes out of his (his being the guy who said he was duped) mouth, you know, the same guy quoted in the story

    they don’t do well on reading comprehension up there in new England huh?

  11. The idiocy of some of these comments defy logic. Of course those who came up with these accusatory comments are so hateful they couldn’t see logic if it smacked them in the face.

  12. I got killed for saying that BB needed to address the media and answer any and all questions they had. Patriot fans said he had nothing more he needed to say. To think that they had no clue about any of this is just plain stupid!! Thumbs away Patriot lemmings, but your coach and owner covered up for this alleged murder! They knew way more than either of them let on and lied to cover their own tails!! Doesn’t feel so good when its your team involved does it?!!

  13. Hernandez and Hernandez alone was responsible for his actions. Not his employer. This story paints the picture that its everyone else other than the perp who’s accountable

  14. The only thing I can’t figure out is who sucks more the people who post hate on this site about the Patriots or the loser teams they root for.

  15. All this lie and cheat noise is just a reason to lash out at the most successful team of the century thus far.

    They are like gnats buzzing about one’s head.

  16. First they put the “cute” marathon bomber on their cover and now they take up the cause of Aaron Hernandez. Think maybe they are trying to draw attention, any kind of attention, to themselves? Look for the Rolling Stone to fold within the year.

  17. I laughed out loud when I read that bb said to get a safe house…. Hahaha. Yah that sounds like something he’d say. Borges strikes again. Someone should do a piece on him.

  18. somekat says:
    Aug 29, 2013 9:31 PM
    ampats says: Aug 29, 2013 8:24 PM

    somekat,

    please share where Bill Belichick said he was completely duped by Aaron Hernandez ??

    You can’t because the owner Robert Kraft made that statement.

    But let’s not let facts get in the way of your hatred of a superior franchise than the one you root for

    ___________________

    2 different sentences, referring to 2 different thing. The 1st being that Belicheat’s word is irrelevant, he’s a proven liar. The 2nd being that we should not be surprised by any dribble that comes out of his (his being the guy who said he was duped) mouth, you know, the same guy quoted in the story

    they don’t do well on reading comprehension up there in new England huh?
    ———————————————————
    Nice try. Maybe you should try comprehending what your original post stated. Two sentences yes. But your direct quote(“Wait, Belicheat’s word means something now? This is the same guy who said he was “completely duped” by “AK” Hernandez, so we shouldn’t be shocked by any dribble that falls out of his mouth though”) sure doesn’t sound like you are referring to Kraft. Admit it it, you were schooled loser.

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