New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed the whole Aaron Hernandez situation from the Patriots viewpoint for the first and only time- strangely, while Hernandez was undergoing a probable cause postponement hearing (what it looked like on the right from NFL Network's Albert Breer and his Twitter)
And Michael McCann, on his Twitter, makes an excellent point in all of this:
Great pt by my fmr boss MT @brianheff77 Pats likely planned BB press conf to coincide w/court hearing. Kept crime reporters out of Foxboro.
Belichick, much like families that disown their relatives, only mentioned Hernandez's name in his introduction.
"I've been advised to address the subject once. And it's time for the New England Patriots to move forward. Ultimately, the judge and the jury will determine accountability," Belichick admitted to the press while reading a fairly-lengthy statement in a 22-minmute press conference ( a long presser for Belichickian standards, anyway).
Watch it in full hyah, thanks to the NFL Network
Here's an excerpt from the opening statement, thanks to Boston.com
"It's a sad day. It's really a sad day on so many levels," Belichick said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family with the victim. I express my sympathy with everyone that's been impacted.
"A young man has lost his life, a family has suffered a tragic loss."
Belichick admitted that he was out of the country twice when the investigation started and was continued.
"I and other members of our organization were shocked and disappointed in what we'd learned, having someone in the organization that is involved in a murder investigation," he said. "And after consultation with ownership we acted swiftly and decisively."
He also said that they will look at their evaluation process when it comes to draft picks and whether or not they fit the Patriots way and mindset. Belichick admitted that guns have been a concern in the league since he first came into it back in 1975.
Meanwhile, Boston authorities think he may have ties to the July 2012 murder of two others that we have talked about in the past here at OSG Sports.
Here's Justin Michaels covering both