Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 7/24/13
The coach's opening statement was unlike anything we've really seen from his before. He was open, and very honest. "A man is dead," Belichick said, while extending his sympathies to the victim and all effected by the tragedy. "It certainly goes way beyond being a football issue. This is real life," he said later. Bill Belichick stood in front of the media for the first time since his former player Aaron Henandez was charged with murder. It was the topic of much debate whether or not he would address the situation, as the coach often deflects any distracting questions about off-field incidents. This was obviously different. In an almost eight minute long prepared statement, Belichick detailed his thoughts on the situation, saying that he was "personally disappointed and hurt" by the news. He said that he was outside of the country when he heard the news, and both he and his coaching staff were shocked by it. He wasn't shying away from responsibility, stating that he was respon...
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