New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expressed sadness about the legal situation involving former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Hernandez is in jail without bail after being arrested and charged with allegedly orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd.
Brady was open and candid, but declined to say if he had spoken to Hernandez following the incident.
“I think everyone had a certain range of emotions, whatever they might have been, those were very personal, and I dealt with them,” Brady told a crowd of reporters. “Certainly it’s a very tragic thing that happened, someone loses their life. But all those things were out of the players’ control here and we’re not really part of that situation so I don’t think it does a lot for us to get too much involved.”
So, what's next for Brady and the Patriots?
Getting to work at practice and moving on to their jobs after a devastating summer where Hernandez put the Patriots in the headlines for the worst possible reasons.
“The fate of our season is going to be determined by the guys in the locker room and hopefully nothing else,” he said. “You talk about the Patriot Way, and to me that means mental toughness, it means dealing with different situations and adversities over the course of a season and offseason and how you can put those things behind you and focus on your job.”
Brady said he hopes that some of the younger players can look to the veterans and team captains as role models.
And Brady made a point out of defending the Patriots' organization, owner Robert Kraft.
He made it clear that he understands the seriousness of this situation, striking the proper tone just as Patriots coach Bill Belichick did Wednesday.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.