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Belichick doesn’t have anything to add about Aaron Hernandez

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick leads his team against the New York Giants during their NFL preseason game in Foxborough Reuters

I wonder if Patriots coach Bill Belichick has anything to add to the recent Rolling Stone story regarding his handling of Aaron Hernandez?

“I don’t have anything to add,” Belichick said three straight times last night when asked about the story during Thursday’s post-game press conference.

Eventually, Belichick went “next question” with reporters, prompting them to move on to Belichick’s second-least favorite topic:  Tim Tebow.

The Rolling Stone article reported, among other things, that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had flown to the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to tell coach Belichick that Hernandez feared for his life — and that it was Belichick who told Hernandez to rent a “safe house” (which apparently became Hernandez’s well-publicized “flop house”).  Eventually, Belichick reportedly threatened to trade or cut Hernandez if there were any more offseason incidents.

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft disputed those contentions on Belichick’s behalf during a pregame radio interview, which in hindsight apparently represented the team’s effort to do what Belichick has no use for doing — publicizing the team’s version of the events.

The assembled reporters eventually swung back around for another crack at the Hernandez angle.

Asked if the Hernandez situation will linger over the course of the season, Belichick said, “I told you I don’t have any comment on that.  There’s nothing more I’m going to say about it.”

“I’m just saying as it relates to the football team,” the reporter said.

“Anything else?” Belichick responded.

It’s well known that Bill Belichick, when given the choice of saying something or saying nothing to the media, typically  chooses to say nothing.  But when a published report makes very specific allegations regarding his interactions with a former player who is now charged with murder, the failure to refute those allegations can become an implicit admission that the allegations are true.  Having someone else in the organization share his version on a second-hand basis doesn’t cut it, if Belichick truly believes that what was said about him in the article is false.

Regardless of whether Belichick understands that (and he surely does), the only thing we’ll likely ever know with certainty is that he doesn’t have anything to add.

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46 Responses to “Belichick doesn’t have anything to add about Aaron Hernandez”
  1. chief67 says: Aug 30, 2013 7:30 AM

    If anyone thinks Belichick is going to comment on Hernandez , they have never watched a Pats press conference … He barely talks about current players .

  2. rodgersrodgersheisking says: Aug 30, 2013 7:33 AM

    In other news, media site criticizes Belichick for not talking to the media.

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 30, 2013 7:40 AM

    Belicheat is a world class liar.

  4. jimmyt says: Aug 30, 2013 7:49 AM

    Who cares if he has anything to add? It would probably be a lie. The man has zero credibility. He cheated the game, cheated on his wife with another man’s wife and is an accomplished liar. That is what is becoming more evident every day – the man has zero credibility.

  5. patriots123456 says: Aug 30, 2013 7:50 AM

    You have to assume he has been legally advised not to say anymore about Hernandez…

  6. 6ball says: Aug 30, 2013 7:57 AM

    .

    I’m wondering if he answered the first question, would anyone have a follow-up? Probably not.

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  7. jnbnet says: Aug 30, 2013 7:58 AM

    If he were to say “anything” the media would see the crack in the door and would all get together to try and ram that door open…little by little. Bellichick is once again turning the circus away. By the way, How much can you trust an article co-authored by Ron Borges?

  8. kingsforever says: Aug 30, 2013 8:00 AM

    If its true he knew and he was going to cut or trade Hernandez if he kept up his antics then that’s not bad. He was deterring AH’s actions

  9. sacpete1 says: Aug 30, 2013 8:06 AM

    “But when a published report makes very specific allegations regarding his interactions with a former player who is now charged with murder, the failure to refute those allegations can become an implicit admission that the allegations are true”
    Seriously Florio? Did you catch the source of this information? How about the writer? Ron Borges, suspended from the Globe for plagiarism.A source close to Hernandez! How credible can this be? Look, I know Belichick is terrible with the media but how about the media questioning the media once in a while.

  10. thedoubleentandres says: Aug 30, 2013 8:07 AM

    Belichick then stood up and choked the reporter from across the room using the dark side of The Force

  11. descendency says: Aug 30, 2013 8:11 AM

    Belichick not talking about a “player” who is not currently at the facility or on their team? Shocking…

  12. kingpel says: Aug 30, 2013 8:36 AM

    That is surprising. I thought for sure he was going to stand up there and elaborate on what he has already said for an additional half an hour.

  13. orlowk says: Aug 30, 2013 8:38 AM

    Belichick has no obligation to nurse or contribute to the feeding frenzy about Hernandez. It’s a distraction for everyone. Whatever they did or didn’t do for him would only be to add that they tried to help. Hernandez decided to wreck himself. What could anyone do if someone takes that path.

    Move On! And, why is everyone sad for Hernandez? What about the Odin Lloyd and his family? With that perspective, who the hell cares about Hernandez and why he choose to wreck himself and others in the process.

  14. FoozieGrooler says: Aug 30, 2013 8:38 AM

    Article #54,178 where “Bill Belichick says nothing”

  15. nesportsfan0428 says: Aug 30, 2013 8:43 AM

    He doesn’t have to respond to that hatchet job in written by Ron Borges.

    In fact, it’s almost time for Borges’s annual article about how “This the year the Patriots blow it” that he’s been writing since 2002, and then pretends he didn’t write after the season when he gets called out it.

  16. whywerule says: Aug 30, 2013 8:46 AM

    Maybe the Patriots organization and Belichick do need to pick more fights regarding libelous and/or slanderous statements that are made about them in the media on just about a daily basis, but if they were to choose to comment on all of them, they would not have time to eat.

    This is an organization that did not bother to sue the Boston Herald when that paper printed (and later retracted) the false story about the Pats having filmed a Rams practice prior to the Pats/Rams Super Bowl. If the Pats are not going to bother to sue a media organization for that libel, then they are probably going to turn the other cheek on a whole lot of false material.

  17. whatnojets says: Aug 30, 2013 8:50 AM

    Why does this clown even attend a press conference?!!? ( in know, he is forced by NFL rules)

  18. kissbillsrings says: Aug 30, 2013 8:50 AM

    WOW…I MEAN WOW…as a someone that has followed BB over the years I’m just SHOCKED he had nothing to say about this when asked over & over again…SHOCKED I TELL YOU…man I just thought he’d talk for hours about it & finally have to be told by the press ENOUGH ALREADY!!! SHOCKED I TELL YOU…UTTER DISBELIEF!!!!

  19. commonsensedude says: Aug 30, 2013 8:51 AM

    Belichick could have avoided this whole thing if he had gotten a safe house for Hernadez’s victims.

  20. onlythebest36 says: Aug 30, 2013 8:54 AM

    Big surprise here.

  21. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 30, 2013 8:58 AM

    Greatest coach in history doesn’t have time to answer questions beneath him. The media should just forget about him ignoring AH’s cry for help in Indy, and Bill recommending that he get a flop house to hide in.

    This is all Ron Borges fault – this stuff is supposed to be swept under the carpet in Boston when you have a winning franchise.

  22. usa98j30t4 says: Aug 30, 2013 8:59 AM

    One of the greatest coaches in the history of the NFL.

  23. dasportsninja says: Aug 30, 2013 9:10 AM

    ” the failure to refute those allegations can become an implicit admission that the allegations are true”

    Not a Patriot or a BB fan, but this is absolutely ridiculous!

  24. stoytashaan says: Aug 30, 2013 9:11 AM

    I was just told, by unnamed sources of course, that Hernandez will be travelling to Havana in search of the finest Mojito. Upon return, Crockett and Tubbs will be waiting for him at the port.

  25. pone27 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:13 AM

    Florio, BB always has the one up on you guys.

    You can word however you want to word your assumptions about another media article in regards to BB, but fact of the matter is this:

    Pats heard about Hernandez commiting a crime, and they cut him. Does not matter what Hernandez’s past incidents are, he had been brought up charges as a Patriot, and they cut him. He is not a Patriot anymore, and is nothing to speak on.

    Move along.

  26. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Aug 30, 2013 9:14 AM

    ” the failure to refute those allegations can become an implicit admission that the allegations are true. ”

    Maybe he just doesn’t have anything to add? Let him coach. He didn’t murder anyone.

  27. maven2222 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:26 AM

    Safer to say nothing. As a lawyer, you should know that Florio!

  28. georgiamadman says: Aug 30, 2013 9:27 AM

    Bill can tell his side of the story in a court of law. Right now he has a football team to run and he’s got his work cut out for him. As for the media jackals and armchair lawyers, they can wait till the trial because Bill’s not going to give them anything until the season is over.

  29. jolink653 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:28 AM

    Jonathan Kraft refuted those allegations on Belichick’s behalf; what more is there to add? These reporters really like to ask some stupid questions sometimes and I’m glad Belichick just cuts them off and doesn’t give them anything to run with

  30. negativten says: Aug 30, 2013 9:39 AM

    C’mon Man!Nothin better to talk about today?
    How about “Matt Simms threating Sanchez and Smith for the Jets starting QB job” or “Jerry Jones thinks God is going bless the Cowboys with a championship”

  31. zombiepatriot says: Aug 30, 2013 9:43 AM

    Who cares?

    If what was said is true does it really matter? If Hernandez was told to get a safe house and was close to being cut due to his actions was Belichick supposed to see he would commit murder?

    As the article points out it is a tragic situation and I don’t think there were many who could foresee the outcome.

  32. pillowporkers says: Aug 30, 2013 9:44 AM

    Maybe this is ignorant of me, but I highly doubt Bill Belichick knows or cares what’s written in that rolling stone article, nor does he care about what others (mainly, the media) think of him.

  33. nananatman says: Aug 30, 2013 9:45 AM

    Sure they do, they added a guy who was arrested seven times before he graduated high school. Thompson? Thompkins? Something something? I knew dudes like that in high school and they’re absolutely still scum today.

  34. isthereanyusernamesleft says: Aug 30, 2013 9:52 AM

    BB is not his fraaking dad!!! Who cares?? AH is a grown man. Act like it!!

  35. occamsrazor1 says: Aug 30, 2013 10:15 AM

    Journalism is supposed to be the truth telling profession and the most important thing you have is your credibility, once you loose that nothing you say matters.

    Journalism died along time ago, now its the agenda profession.

  36. bstngrdn says: Aug 30, 2013 10:16 AM

    When are the media hacks going to get it? Belichick has no obligation to answer to these idiots and he’s not going to no matter how much they try to provoke him into it or knash their teeth over it. And the fact that it aggravates these people who would probably be working for minimum wage somewhere if they didn’t have these “jobs”, is very entertaining to us fans. Especially when the Patriots keep winning inspite of all the dire predictions by a lot of the media. Yeah we’re talking to you Borges!

  37. marcuswelby70 says: Aug 30, 2013 10:24 AM

    Why would he, and why should he?

  38. marcuswelby70 says: Aug 30, 2013 10:25 AM

    bstngrdn says:
    Aug 30, 2013 10:16 AM
    When are the media hacks going to get it? Belichick has no obligation to answer to these idiots and he’s not going to no matter how much they try to provoke him into it or knash their teeth over it. And the fact that it aggravates these people who would probably be working for minimum wage somewhere if they didn’t have these “jobs”, is very entertaining to us fans. Especially when the Patriots keep winning inspite of all the dire predictions by a lot of the media. Yeah we’re talking to you Borges!
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    Spot on!

  39. bullcharger says: Aug 30, 2013 10:32 AM

    “the failure to refute those allegations can become an implicit admission that the allegations are true. Having someone else in the organization share his version on a second-hand basis doesn’t cut it”

    ————-

    It does cut it… Belichick doesn’t have to say anything and and there is no such thing as an implicit admission.

    It’s very funny how upset the media get that Belichick won’t talk to them about whatever their agenda is.

  40. jacksonjames4 says: Aug 30, 2013 10:59 AM

    I don’t blame him , just let it go.

  41. dogman9 says: Aug 30, 2013 11:19 AM

    All that winning that Pats have done is ancient history…the only thing they are winning in 2013 is a higher draft pick.

  42. hehateme2 says: Aug 30, 2013 11:35 AM

    whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 30, 2013 8:58 AM
    Greatest coach in Beantown history doesn’t have time to answer questions beneath him
    ??

    Shula is the greatest. Hoodie will never match his win total or respect.

  43. stoolerz says: Aug 30, 2013 12:03 PM

    hehateme-Greatest coach in Beantown history means in Boston history. What part of Shula never coached in Boston don’t you understand?

  44. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 30, 2013 6:03 PM

    We all knew how he’d respond and this is the crowning moment of his refusal to divulge info to the media. While almost any other person would be subject to the concept of “no denial means guilt” Belichick’s history of saying a whole bunch of nothing firmly removes him from that category. I’d venture to say him blatantly denying the report would be the strongest evidence toward the report being accurate.

  45. bighurt228 says: Aug 30, 2013 11:49 PM

    Love how BB handles the media hacks. He treats them like the sharks they are. He owes them nothing and gives them nothing. Love watching him brow beat them when they ask a STUPID question. Parcells liked to banter with them at times, but Bill just schools them. A true artist at work.

  46. jimmyjames65 says: Sep 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    Your true colors are starting to show, Bill. As much as the whole Patriots clan.

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