This summer the Patriot Way has come under attack. A member of the New England Patriots organization has been arrested on murder and is potentially facing additional murder charges. Another Patriots player was arrested for a DUI after being sentenced to probation and 30 days in jail earlier this year.
But it is the swift cutting of Aaron Hernandez following his rest that has people saying the Patriot Way is still alive and well.
So what exactly is the “Patriot Way” according to owner Robert Kraft?
“It’s about trying to collect a lot of good people, having everybody in the organization on the same page; doing things in the community,” Kraft said on NFL Network.
Interesting considering the gambles the Patriots have taken on players over the years and recently. I don’t know that Chad Ochocinco would’ve filled that definition of a “good person.” Drafting troubled youths Aaron Hernandez and Alfonzo Dennard question the seeking out of “good people.”
It’s had the Patriots looking more like the Bengals of a few years back than New England.
“I think people in America today, it’s not just about money,” Kraft said. “They want to be connected to something they feel is special and when they get up every day, they look forward to coming to work. We try to create an environment here that does that. We’re not always successful, but we give it our best shot.”
There are good people in the organization. The Patriots also deserve recognition for giving people second chances cause not everyone deserves to be ostracized after one incident.