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.
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.