Bill Belichick Comments On Aaron Hernandez: ‘Shocked, Disappointed’

Source: Mike Reiss / ESPN

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In his first comments since Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick expressed remorse Wednesday, saying that he was “shocked and disappointed” that one of his players was connected to a situation like this.

“It’s a sad day. It’s really a sad day on so many levels,” Belichick said in his opening remarks. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim. I extend my sympathy to everyone who has been impacted. A young man [Odin Lloyd] lost his life and his family has suffered a tragic loss. There is no way to understate that.”

Belichick’s opening remarks lasted about seven minutes. The news conference, which began at 1:45 p.m. ET, was held in the team’s press box at Gillette Stadium and was heavily attended, with more than 20 cameras set up in the back and others on the side. About 80 reporters were present.

“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,” he said.

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