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Bill Belichick has ‘no further comment’ on text messages with Aaron Hernandez

07.23.14 at 10:28 am ET
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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick was not in the mood to talk anything but football on Wednesday, on the eve of training camp opening outside Gillette Stadium.

A TV reporter asked the Patriots head coach if he were concerned about the text messages exchanged between Aaron Hernandez and members of the Patriots organization, including Belichick himself.

“I think that was addressed by a lawyer last week and I don’t have any further comment on it,” Belichick said, referencing the statement put out last Friday night by Andrew Phelan, a partner at Bingham McCutcheon. Phelan clarified that there were not 33 pages of texts between the two sides but rather a total of 34 texts.

“Earlier this week, a report indicated that an exchange of text messages between the team’s head coach and Mr. Hernandez totaled 33 pages,” Phelan said in Friday’s statement. “While it is unknown how the texts were printed or displayed, I thought it was important to clarify that during an early investigation conducted by state prosecutors, the team produced a total of 34 text messages (not pages of texts) spanning a period of five months (December 2012 – April 2013) between the head coach and Mr. Hernandez.”

On Tuesday, Michael Fee, an attorney for Hernandez, said the dispute over text messages had been resolved.

Hernandez is in a Boston jail awaiting trial in two separate murder cases. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. He was released by the Patriots before the calendar turned to July. Hernandez is also accused in the double homicide in Boston in Feb. 2012, just weeks after taking part in the Super Bowl loss to the Giants in Indianapolis.

Still, the reporter continued her line of questioning with Belichick Wednesday morning at the end of the 12-minute news conference.

Is it something you routinely do with your players, texting back and forth?

“I don’t have any further comment on it,” Belichick said.

Do you approach your new players differently now based on what [Hernandez] allegedly did weeks before camp [in 2013]?

“No further comment,” Belichick said before the news conference came to an end.

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