Belichick Breaks Silence on Hernandez: 'Shocked,' 'Disappointed'

Belichick Breaks Silence on Hernandez: 'Shocked,' 'Disappointed'

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke for the first time about Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial, saying he was shocked and disappointed about his former tight end.

Addressing the media for the first time since former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd, Belichick said he was “shocked and disappointed” about the situation.

“It’s a sad day. It’s really a sad day on so many levels,” Belichick said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family with the victim. I express my sympathy with everyone that’s been impacted.

According to the Globe, “Belichick would not say Hernandez’s name again in a 22-minute press conference in which he expressed remorse for Odin Lloyd’s death to his family and appeared genuinely contrite.”

Belichick said after “consultation with ownership, we acted swiftly” on Hernandez. He talked about how players come from various circumstances to make the NFL. He said the Patriots have taken chances on some players on a “case by case” basis and sometimes those decisions do not work out.