The Patriots are hurt. If you didn’t think that they were really bothered by the Aaron Hernandez murder charge, it would be wise to listen to Belichick’s press conference today. Until now, the organization has been very tight-lipped about the whole situation. Everyone questioned has pretty much declined to comment on the situation. No one wants to say the wrong thing or add to the media circus. After all, that’s the “Patriot Way.”
As Yahoo Sports explains Belichick finally has been the most candid and said:
“Most of the decisions work out, some don’t. I’m personally disappointed and hurt in a situation like this.”
It’s about time someone showed some emotion, but surprising that it would come from the poker-faced Belichick himself. Finally, the public knows that the Pats actually did care. The NFL is a business as we all know, but when a player has three seasons with the same team, there has to be some bond there. Hernandez wasn’t just a warm body collecting passes from Brady. He was a teammate and a peer. It wasn’t the coldness of trying to collect and destroy all of Hernandez’s jerseys or erase his memory from the team. The Patriots’ organization as a whole feels a sense of failure. They were duped into thinking they could save Hernandez.
Don’t expect much more from the team on Hernandez. After all, that is the Patriot Way.