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 About Time the Media Spoke up 
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When Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder in June, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the public faces of the New England Patriots, initially said nothing. Belichick was on vacation. Here was the player he scouted, drafted and rewarded with a $40 million contract being connected to two shootings and three murders, and apparently the coach didn't think it was important enough to return home.


Subsequent Brady comments, after the organization got its story straight, at least allowed that the situation was a "terrible thing," but his first, unscripted words spoke loudest. In other words, tough break, Odin Whatever-your-name-was, but Tom has game film to watch. He's moved on. Brady made a teammate's being charged with a murder while also being linked to a drive-by double murder a year earlier sound no different from overcoming Richard Seymour's being traded to the Raiders.

Had it not been so disgusting, it might have been funny. All the great coach -- this molder of men -- did was finally take a few minutes out of his busy schedule, a month after Lloyd's last breath, to say he felt terrible that a 27-year-old was lowered into the ground too soon, murdered, allegedly, by one of his players. Belichick was praised for acting like a human being.




When the media were done applauding Belichick for doing the least amount possible, it was suggested that the Patriots did not owe the public a response, because it would give the impression that the 
organization was somehow responsible for Hernandez's alleged crimes.




Here's the truth: The Patriots do owe the public, because they and every other sports team in America take from the public, profit from the public, sell their name to the public. The Patriots sell their players not just as athletes but as people whose names fans should wear proudly on their backs, and it is the coach who takes the credit for his acumen when his find dances in the end zone or, as Hernandez did, makes a $50,000 charitable donation.




Teams bathe in the fiction that they value character, can spot it and develop it; yet here, when character actually mattered, the great coach and his legendary quarterback looked as small as a hash mark. Had Hernandez saved a toddler from drowning instead of allegedly putting a bullet into a friend, the Patriots would have claimed him. The hero machine would have churned, applauding itself for giving the poor kid from the tough background a chance, first to take credit for the sunshine. But since Brady, who has "moved on," values only victory, then maybe the public should not care about his golf tournaments, charity events and foundations, the image scrubbings that are part of the hero game.




As for the media, they were in effect making the argument that the Patriots have historically set the bar so low that no one expected any humanity from Belichick. That in itself is an obvious indictment. Here was a coach who talked community while disappearing from it. And if anyone was surprised that a murder could actually get his attention, maybe Belichick was never a leader in the first place.
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9532176/tom-brady-bill-belicheck-disappoint-reaction-aaron-hernandez-espn-magazine

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Post Re: About Time the Media Spoke up
Rolling Stone is coming out with a little piece


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In another interview, you said Bill Belichick was responsible for all of this. Can you elaborate on that?

From my reporting and Ron's reporting especially, what's come across is that Belichick has been the decider on that team for many years now. Either through attrition or through his own machinations, he has really become the kind of final say on personnel matters. So we hear all of this nonsense about the Patriot Way -- even Hernandez himself was giving it great lip service when he re-ups for $40 million -- but there doesn't seem to be any evidence of it actually being put in practice. And certainly not in the case of Hernandez, who is allowed to do whatever the hell he wanted to do -- not going to OTAs, go out to California to work out on his own, or to drop in on Tom Brady's pitch-and-catch camp out there at Patriots West.

So I think the extent that the Patriots were uninformed or underinformed, that falls squarely in Belichick's lap
http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2013/08/in_rolling_stone_piece_belichick_and_kraft_are_sho.html?comments=all#aComments


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Post Re: About Time the Media Spoke up
They reacted as any other team would... not going to fault them for distancing themselves from the situation.

These articles are full of fluff.


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They reacted as any other team would... not going to fault them for distancing themselves from the situation.

These articles are full of fluff.


That's great an all but look if this were the Dolphins I would be outraged in the fact that management flat out screwed a stand up guy like Wes Walker among others on a multi year deal and gave 40 million to guy that was a known crap They also let him do as he pleased as this article says...I agree there alot of fluff here but when you are a team that pretends to be better than everyone else and coin phrases such as the Patriot Way and it turns out you are no better than anyone else you should feel the heat.

They cheated and are nothing more than a fraud of an organization..The Billycheat way


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