Patriots Head Coach Breaks Silence On Aaron Hernandez

Patriots Head Coach Breaks Silence On Aaron HernandezNew England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hadn’t addressed the media since former tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd last month. He stepped to the podium on Wednesday, however, and expressed a great deal of emotion regarding the situation.

‘Legitimately hurt’

Belichick is known for giving vanilla analysis during his press conferences, but he appeared to be more forthcoming and genuine than fans and media members have grown accustomed to, according to Zuri Berry of Boston.com.

Throughout his statement, the Patriots coach often looked down at the podium and read from a sheet of paper. Even so, Belichick came across as genuine and seemed to be legitimately hurt by everything that has happened over the past several weeks.

As Belichick was speaking to the media, Hernandez was standing in front of a judge for a probable cause hearing. The judge granted the prosecution a continuance until Aug. 22, according to WPRI 12 in Providence, R.I., so his situation remains murky.


‘Deafening silence’

After his statement, Belichick was asked a number of different questions by media members. While he answered some, he was incredibly vague and refused to answer any questions in relation to the ongoing legal proceedings. Breer noted that he told his players to exercise the same restraint.

Hernandez’s woes are far from over, and questions will likely continue to be thrown in Belichick’s direction. But the three-time AP NFL Coach of the Year finally attacked things head-on Wednesday and broke the deafening silence.

Do you think Aaron Hernandez will be found guilty of the murder of Odin Lloyd? Feel free to share your speculations with us!

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

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Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert Fined $75K For Vulgar Postgame Remarks

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert Fined $75K For Vulgar Postgame RemarksDuring an interview after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a 91-77 win for the Indiana Pacers, Roy Hibbert made two controversial comments, the first being a gay slur and the second an expletive when criticizing the media. Hibbert was later fined $75,000 for his statements, per Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

‘Will not be tolerated’

Commissioner David Stern expanded on his decision to fine the former Georgetown Hoya, per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

David Stern: “While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary… to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA.”


‘Disrespectful and offensive’

Hibbert later issued an apology for his comments, via NBA.com:

I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night. They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views. I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television. I apologize to those who I have offended, to our fans and to the Pacers’ organization. I sincerely have deep regret over my choice of words last night.

Hibbert has been sensational against the Miami Heat, topping 20 points in each of his past five games (19 in Game 1). More importantly, he has protected the rim with supreme efficiency, keeping the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade out of the paint.

Are you a fan of the Indiana Pacers? What do you think of Roy Hibber’s controversial postgame remarks — tolerable or unforgivable?

 

Source: Maxwell Ogden, Bleacher Report

Image: CBC Sports