Bill Belichick addressed the media for the first time since the Aaron Hernandez saga began to unfold. Known for his frosty press conferences and lack of human connection when addressing the media, Belichick seemed a lot more vulnerable and human today.
“It’s a sad day, it’s a really a sad day on so many levels,” Belichick said, reading from a thoughtful statement via NFL.com. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim and I extend my sympathy, really, to everyone that’s been impacted.
“A young man lost his life. And his family’s suffered a tragic loss and there’s no way to understate that. When I was out of the country, I learned about the ongoing criminal investigation that involved one of our players. I and other members were shocked and disappointed. Having someone in your organization involved in a murder investigation is a terrible thing. After consultation with ownership, we acted swiftly and decisively.”
Aside from the statement he didn’t really address the case citing legal advice.
“As the coach of team I’m primarily responsible for players we bring into organization,” Belicick said. “Overall, I’m proud of the hundreds of players that have come through this program, but I’m personally disappointed and hurt in a situation like this.”
Belichick can’t feel responsible for Hernandez’s actions and most likely couldn’t of prevented them.
“And it’s time for the New England Patriots to move forward,” Belichick said.