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Patriots trying to push through latest off-field distraction

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed up for work with a black eye this week, and then Chandler Jones gave the team another one.

But the Patriots, as you might imagine, are going about business as if nothing happened.

Jones hasn’t talked to reporters since he walked into a police station “confused” and ended up hospitalized for the night, reportedly after smoking synthetic marijuana.

According to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, Patriots players were instructed to not comment on Jones’ situation, with one saying the experience of dealing with so many storylines makes this one barely register.

“I certainly don’t know enough to comment at all on that situation,” Patriots captain Matt Slater said. “I will say this, as a member of this team we support all 50, 60 guys on this team. We have their backs regardless of the situation and that’s no different with Chandler. He has our support but as I said I don’t know enough about the situation, nor do I have the right to comment on that. . . .

“We just try to go about our jobs and routines as best we can and put the focus on football. But as I said, obviously, when guys go through different things we support them if they need us, so that’s no different in this case. At the end of the day, [whether it be player or media] the man and the woman and what’s going on in life, their circumstances will always supersede the game of football. The closer a team is off the field, it definitely shows up when it’s time to step between the white [lines].”

Whether the recent allegations have any kind of impact on Jones himself, you can practically see the Patriots circling the wagons around him, and turning it into yet another source of motivation.

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43 Responses to “Patriots trying to push through latest off-field distraction”
  1. mikermiker says: Jan 14, 2016 6:59 AM

    KARMA
    The patriot way. tainted forever. the history books will be written with asterisks for this skidmark “dynasty.” lol stay in denile pats brats.

  2. tinsk says: Jan 14, 2016 7:17 AM

    Wait what? How do you turn that into motivation? Jones getting messed up is motivation?

  3. bradymancrush10 says: Jan 14, 2016 7:18 AM

    On to KC

  4. cinzano08 says: Jan 14, 2016 7:22 AM

    What distraction? A guy smokes synthetic weed and Whigs out. Goes to all meetings and practices and appears to be ok. You can buy this stuff in head shops all over the state. If it wasn’t a patriot there’d be no story. Peyton gets hgh shipped to his house in his wife’s name and the story is squashed by bspn and NFL.

  5. lingsun54 says: Jan 14, 2016 7:22 AM

    Chandler Jones: drugs are for losers.

  6. j0esixpack says: Jan 14, 2016 7:24 AM

    This situation is already receiving more media attention than Peyton Manning’s Drug problem

    One drug enhances performance and is on the league’s prohibited list

    The other drug doesn’t enhance performance, is legal (but shouldn’t be) and hence no arrest, and isn’t banned by the NFL

    Goodell looks the other way for Peyton’s PED use. I expect Goodell will take swift action to try to ban Jones for 4 games – comparing it to PED use of course.

  7. baltimorons says: Jan 14, 2016 7:26 AM

    Classless organization. No one cares about the cheatalots.

  8. sambaughslingers says: Jan 14, 2016 7:31 AM

    Regular mary jane never ended with someone walking to a police station barefoot and shirtless…. alright discounting if a hippy already would have been barefoot and shirtless

  9. andyr2120 says: Jan 14, 2016 7:46 AM

    Wait, a guy causes a distraction like that, embarrassing the team, and hurting himself in the process and he isn’t insta-waived? Is this another Roethlisberger situation, where the team just drops all of its supposed standards because he is too valuable? I mean, saying you support him as a person is great (and totally expected), but why is he still on the roster?

  10. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 14, 2016 7:55 AM

    No team is better at tuning out the noise and focusing on the job at hand than NE.

  11. rideforjesus says: Jan 14, 2016 8:12 AM

    allegations……… till all the facts come out and I grant you something did happen… lets not all judge based on that.

    I mean after all just because HGH was shipped to Mrs manning’s home, lets not all jump to judge.

  12. tqaztec says: Jan 14, 2016 8:13 AM

    It is just a football team. The bunker mentality / cone of silence with this organization is beyond reason.

  13. lscottman3 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:19 AM

    as a patriots fan i could not be more disappointed in chandler jones, with a few weeks to go in the season he pulls a dumb potentially health impairing move, sorry but that is in no way what this team is about. Hightower and Collins will stay, he can find another team to ply his wares going forward as far as i am concerned.

  14. patsfiend says: Jan 14, 2016 8:19 AM

    Slater. What a great choice for team captain. Guy is all class.

  15. patsruleyou says: Jan 14, 2016 8:20 AM

    It’s not illegal. Non issue.

  16. clarencewhorley says: Jan 14, 2016 8:21 AM

    Patriots 34 Chiefs 16

  17. thomasreilly says: Jan 14, 2016 8:21 AM

    It will be fascinating to see how many times the announcers reference this during the game, considering the same network declined to mention Manning’s HGH distraction even once covering a game a few weeks ago….

  18. @Cereal_5 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:25 AM

    The Patriots are no dynasty….I wish my team got a first round bye every year via Miami, Buffalo & the Jets

  19. BradyRunsYourTeam says: Jan 14, 2016 8:35 AM

    Pats fans really don’t care. Why should they? We’re talking about synthetic marijuana here. Synthetic.

    Even if it was real, who cares? The only people that really care, are uptight, conservative christian folk that are still living in the 1950s. They like to pretend like they are saints, and they never do anything wrong. All the pats crybabies like to join in with them, at their convenience of course. If you think marijuana should be illegal, I’m sorry, but you have no legitimate statistics to roll with on that one, and you’re probably an idiot.

    Sort of like people who act like the pats cheated. They pretend like deflategate was real, for self assurance purposes. But the truth is that they are just pretending to believe in a fantasy that never actually took place.

  20. jchipwood says: Jan 14, 2016 8:37 AM

    Sounds like the police chief is helping with that process.

  21. gotitan says: Jan 14, 2016 8:44 AM

    I have my stale popcorn ready. 19-0, can’t wait.

  22. stealthjunk says: Jan 14, 2016 8:47 AM

    Aaron Hernandez approves this message.

  23. ricko1112 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:47 AM

    There are never any distractions in NE. The Pats are the most professional team in sports. Despite the lies, propaganda, and half-truths told by the NFL and BSPN, true football fans see through the nonsense.

    There is a reason why no former player, even those who left angry, has ever mentioned any cheating. It doesn’t happen.

  24. gysot says: Jan 14, 2016 8:51 AM

    *

  25. streetyson says: Jan 14, 2016 8:51 AM

    Did you have to work the term “white lines” into the article?!!
    Btw, synth weed isn’t even on the NFL banned list (as Jets’ Kellen Winslow discovered after being caught with it whilst masturbating in his car at a gas station in 2014), but the substance policy has some very vague phrases in it that can be stretched to mean almost anything.

  26. demolition510 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:52 AM

    How did Hoody get the black eye? I missed it.

  27. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 14, 2016 8:53 AM

    Distractions are on every team and every pro sport….The media magnifies them to the point where they become a excuse should there be a rough patch with that said team….The you have Belichick and the Patriots ……a notch above them all………

  28. jmethane says: Jan 14, 2016 8:53 AM

    Pats fans have been trying to push through it as well. Entertaining to say the least. So much doubletalk.

    They are trying to push through it like the guys who worked the pigs in Tina Turners thunderdome.

  29. genericnflfan says: Jan 14, 2016 9:03 AM

    damn. they’re gonna win another one now

  30. brettfavrecellphone says: Jan 14, 2016 9:16 AM

    Damn it. I have to take another day off for a parade.

    Seems like every year in Boston.

  31. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Jan 14, 2016 9:26 AM

    Skid marks of the league.

  32. solo681 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:32 AM

    1.) BB plays Brady in Miami – Brady gets hurt

    2.) BB does not know Gronk is partying in Florida and re-injures his knee

    3.) Finally, Jones OD

    4.) Kraft just had enough and smacked BB right in the eye.

    These are not good signs

  33. Irsay's Bong says: Jan 14, 2016 9:33 AM

    Playoff time in the NFL, time to take something minor or made up against New England and make it into a major story.

  34. romophobic says: Jan 14, 2016 9:35 AM

    The Patriots get a pass for stuff like this that the league can actually prove. It saddens me but it shouldn’t be shocking that Gronkowski is holding Marijuana parties. He’s a Neanderthal. He is celebrated for organizing party busses and female only, 21 and over, drunken football camps. They celebrate him going to clubs and dancing on stages with his shirt off. Meanwhile, the second Johnny Football steps outside and does far less, he’s a villain. THIS is why people hate the Patriots. Not because maybe Tom deflated a football. It’s the double standard in their coverage.

  35. joker65 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:02 AM

    romophobic says:
    Jan 14, 2016 9:35 AM
    The Patriots get a pass for stuff like this that the league can actually prove. It saddens me but it shouldn’t be shocking that Gronkowski is holding Marijuana parties. He’s a Neanderthal. He is celebrated for organizing party busses and female only, 21 and over, drunken football camps. They celebrate him going to clubs and dancing on stages with his shirt off. Meanwhile, the second Johnny Football steps outside and does far less, he’s a villain. THIS is why people hate the Patriots. Not because maybe Tom deflated a football. It’s the double standard in their coverage.

    ____

    The league is still pursuing the Pats and Bardy for deflategate, yet you write that they get the kid-glove treatment.

    I don’t know how you can both.

    I will say this, Gronk has a much more likeable personality than Manziel. Maybe that is the reason you see the difference there. Gronk is affable, and goofy. Manziel is a jerk

  36. ocgunslinger says: Jan 14, 2016 10:43 AM

    It’s great being a NE fan. Love to watch all the trolls get their panties is a wad over Belichick, Brady, Gronk, all the coaches and their 15 years of success. Brings a big smile every time.

  37. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 14, 2016 11:36 AM

    who is Miami playing this week?….oh yeah, they were eliminated week 4

  38. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 14, 2016 11:40 AM

    @Cereal_5 says:
    Jan 14, 2016 8:25 AM
    The Patriots are no dynasty….I wish my team got a first round bye every year via Miami, Buffalo & the Jets
    —————————-

    In the Brady era NE’s career division winning percentage is .779 outside the division it’s .767 a .013 differential. Going out on a limb here but guessing that would get them in the playoffs no matter the division, lol

    As far as division play goes, shouldn’t any good team pick up at least 3 division wins simply holding serve at home? How much better would the AFCE team records be without having to play NE and how does it compare to other divisions? Taking division winners % out of the equation the AFCE was 1st in winning % this year and 3rd in winning percentage in the last 15 years even though Miami, Buffalo & the Jets had to play the winningest team in football twice a year during that stretch.

    Facts, they sure can ruin a hateroids day

  39. thomasreilly says: Jan 14, 2016 12:20 PM

    romophobic says:
    Jan 14, 2016 9:35 AM
    Gronkowski….. They celebrate him going to clubs and dancing on stages with his shirt off.

    Seriously? Did you watch both Footloose movies? Damn kids and their dancing!

  40. fluiddarkness says: Jan 14, 2016 12:56 PM

    Where is the story about the black eye?!?!

  41. jcbalance says: Jan 14, 2016 2:17 PM

    The Patriots are no dynasty….I wish my team got a first round bye every year via Miami, Buffalo & the Jets.

    This isn’t the AFC South or NFC East. 6-10 doesn’t give you a shot at a playoff spot.

  42. fanofpft says: Jan 14, 2016 7:05 PM

    To all those that kept posting so much on here about how coach Beelzebub is this that and the other as an example of how a team conducts themselves. Your team has the same distractions as all other teams get off your high horses.

  43. fanofpft says: Jan 14, 2016 7:06 PM

    The Patriots are no dynasty….I wish my team got a first round bye every year via Miami, Buffalo & the Jets.

    This isn’t the AFC South or NFC East. 6-10 doesn’t give you a shot at a playoff spot.

    Contradiction to Miami, Buffalo & the Jets.

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