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Peter King on M&M: ‘Nothing startling’ regarding Tom Brady’s first comments about Aaron Hernandez

07.23.13 at 12:55 pm ET

Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King joined Mut & Merloni, with guest host Tom Caron alongside Lou Merloni, on Tuesday as the Patriots prepare to open training camp this week in Foxboro.

King debuted a new website this week, and SI has promoted an interview with Tom Brady set to be published at 3 p.m. Tuesday in which Brady makes his first public comments on the Aaron Hernandez situation. However, King warned listeners not to expect too much.

“He’s Tom Brady,” King said. “First of all, it’s a very, ‘Life goes on without Hernandez, there’s nothing we can do about it and we’ve got to move on.’ There’s nothing startling. There won’t be any headlines that come out of it.”

Added King: “It was pretty vanilla. It’s what you expect from Brady. I think one of the reasons why probably everybody in New England loves this guy is not just because he’s good, it’s because a) there’s never any excuse when you lose, you just lose, man up about it. And b) he’s a no-nonsense guy. It’s all about football.”

Bill Belichick is scheduled to have a press conference Wednesday afternoon, but King said he expects more of the same in terms of the team’s lack of discussion about Hernandez.

“You know that when Bill Belichick meets with the media and he’s going to be asked nine different questions about Aaron Hernandez — maybe even 19 — that you can predict his answers right now,” King said. “You can write them down right now: ‘Well, we coach the players who are here. That’s an unfortunate situation. And we’re going to move on and we’re going to find somebody to take his spot. It’s a tragic situation, but we have to move on as a football team and we’re going to coach the guys who are here.’

“He’s going to say some other words and sentences, but that is, in essence, going to be, I would think, what he would say, judging on Bill’s history. Because he will refuse to allow his players or him to have this be a daily story, which is why I just almost shrug my shoulders.

“I’m going to be there Monday in camp, and I think by that time it will be incredibly talked out and played out, and everybody will just say, ‘OK, what’s next?’ As ridiculous as it is, when one of your five best or 10 best players is in jail charged with murder — it sounds so ridiculous, but how many different ways can you ask a question that somebody isn’t going to answer.”

The Patriots have faced criticism for not being more aware of Hernandez’s proclivity for violence. King said information has emerged that Hernandez did not have much contact with teammates outside of Foxboro, perhaps making it more difficult for the Patriots to know what he was doing.

“One thing I heard about Hernandez is he really wasn’t the kind of guy who palled around with a lot of his teammates away from the facility — some, I’m sure. But basically he went his own way when he left the facility,” King said. “I don’t know what that means, but I think there were a lot of people in the organization who really didn’t know Aaron Hernandez.”

To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at

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