Foxborough, MA: After years of being tight-lipped and vague during press conferences, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady allowed the media in by stating that they are “sad.”
This jaw-dropping sadness and revelation of humanity was released during press conferences leading up to training camp, both yesterday and today.
The sadness began on Wednesday when Bill Belichick addressed a news conference on the situation regarding former New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez. Belichick welcomed the press with a closed statement that did not allow for elaboration or questions.
“It’s a sad day. It’s really a sad day on so many levels,” Belichick stated in his opening remarks at the press box of Gillette Stadium.
The revelation, however vague, is a massive step for Belichick in regards to emotion.
The statement about Aaron Hernandez and the murder charge looming around him also allowed the players on the New England Patriots to open up like their head coach on Thursday when they were approached by reporters at the team’s practice facility. Some of the most vocal and emotion responses to the media came from quarterback Tom Brady.
“There’s a very human, compassionate element that we all have, and when it’s someone that has been on our team, it’s a very sad thing,” stated Brady.
Not to be outdone, Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork took Brady’s feelings a step further by attaching the sadness to a specific range of people.
“First and foremost, it’s a sad situation for the victim’s family,” stated Wilfork. “…I feel bad for the victim’s family, but we have to move forward as a football team. That’s sad to say, but that’s reality.”
Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty pushed the envelope even further by vaguely referring to someone who could very well be himself as sad.
“You’re saddened by all the news and everything you hear, but I think mostly you’re just shocked,” McCourtney stated.
It is unknown if this team sadness will spread to personal feelings about the Patriots’ inability to beat the New York Giants in a Super Bowl or the loss of just about every single offensive weapon besides Tom Brady. Time will tell, as there is plenty of time until the NFL’s 3013 season kicks off on September 5th.