In a sad, respectful tone, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick broke his silence on former tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Hernandez has been accused of first-degree murder.
“It's a sad, sad day,” Belichick said. “I'm shocked and disappointed. Personally, I'm challenged by decisions that affect the team on a daily basis and I'm not perfect on that either, but I always try to do what I think is best for the football team.”
Belichick indicated that the Patriots will review their internal procedures on screening players.
“We'll learn from this terrible experience,” Belichick said. “We'll become a better team from the lessons that we've learned. We have so many players on this team that work hard, that do the right thing, that set a great example of being a professional and being a solid representative of this team and the community.”
Belichick declined to go into detail about the case, though.
“I respect the judicial process,” Belichick said, “and have been advised not to comment on ongoing legal proceedings and I am advising our players to do the same."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun