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Leaks a part of life for Bill Belichick, New England Patriots


Is anyone else tired of all the “Gates” in New England these days?

After “SpyGate” and the scandals involving former tight end Aaron Hernandez, the latest funniness in Foxboro involves wide receiver Danny Amendola. Amendola left Sunday’s game with a head injury and the team hasn’t released any information since. And  according to Tom Curran of Pro Football Talk, that’s par for the course for the Patriots and entirely by design.

According to Curran, all the clandestine clownness stems from the leaks and weeks of reports about tight end Rob Gronkowski. All the misinformation and contradictory reports on Gronkowski eventually morphed into speculation that his teammates were upset that Gronk had yet to play in a game, despite practicing. According to the report from Pro Football Talk, the subterfuge bycoach Bill Belichick is “to eliminate information leaks is in part to eliminate any possible locker room conflicts.”

Curran also said New England has used team security to try to find out who leaked information about Gronkowski.  Although there have been no reports on the status of Amendola, cornerback Aqib Talib or Dan Connolly, Yahoo! Sports reported that linebacker Jerod Mayo had surgery on Tuesday and could miss the rest of the season.

Instead of looking for moles, Belichick could save a lot of time and money by realizing that the fans who buy tickets, parking, merchandise and concessions are the same people who are clamoring for information about the team. And if that isn’t good enough for him, then he only has to look to New York and Las Vegas for guys who make a living off of sports leaks and who know a thing or two about career-ending knee injuries.

Tags: Bill Belichick Danny Amendola New England Patriots NFL Rob Gronkowski