|Sheriff files complaint against Aaron Hernandez for attacking fellow inmate||03.07.14 at 6:49 am ET|
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is expected to be charged with assault after his altercation with a fellow inmate last week at the Bristol County House of Corrections, following an investigation by the office of Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson.
Hodgson, who talked about the incident with Dennis & Callahan last week, said Thursday that his office has filed a complaint.
“The investigation would indicate that our officers believed that it absolutely needed to go to a criminal complaint,” Hodgson told WHDH-TV, adding: “I can just tell you that there was an altercation that took place between Mr. Hernandez and another inmate. I can’t get into really the details now that it’s gone to this level of complaint.”
The complaint will be reviewed by a clerk magistrate, who will decide how to proceed.
Hernandez is said to have attacked the inmate when they encountered each other in a hallway near the isolation unit where Hernandez was being confined 21 hours per day. TMZ reported that the victim, who had been taunting Hernandez all day, was in handcuffs.
Hernandez is being held without bail after being charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd last year. He also is under investigation for a double homicide in Boston in 2012. He faces civil suits in all three deaths.
|Mike Florio on M&M: Patriots might be better off passing on Aqib Talib and making a run at Darrelle Revis||03.04.14 at 12:05 pm ET|
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to discuss news from around the NFL, including speculation that the Patriots might be interested in acquiring Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
Florio suggested that Revis could be on the move prior to March 13, when he’s due to receive a $1.5 million check, and a 2014 fourth-round draft pick the Buccaneers sent to the Jets in last year’s trade would become a third-rounder.
“Those two things combined suggest that if there is going to be a move, it’s going to happen by next Thursday or it’s not going to happen at all,” Florio said. “That’s what it comes down to — it’s not going to happen if it doesn’t happen by the 13th. And the question becomes, can some other team persuade the Buccaneers to make the move. Last year it was the Jets wanting to move Revis. This year the thinking in league circles is that there are other teams that would like to shake Revis away from Tampa.”
Two teams Florio mentioned as potential landing spots are the Patriots and Broncos.
“I’ve heard from someone I trust very much the speculation that it is the Broncos and the Patriots who are trying to stir this ‘Revis can be/Revis will be/Revis could be,/Revis should be traded’ idea, to put the idea in the Buccaneers’ heads to move on from Darrelle Revis. Would the Broncos or the Patriots like to have a shot at him? I believe they would. Does that mean the Buccaneers are ready to trade him? No. ‘¦ The question is convincing the Glazers [who own the team] to do it. But they’re going to save $16 million in cash if they do it.”
Meanwhile, the Patriots passed on franchising Aqib Talib as they try to determine if it’s worth spending big money to keep the free agent cornerback in New England.
“I think Talib at least is going to get an $8 million-a-year offer, if that’s what [Brent] Grimes is getting from the Miami Dolphins,” Florio said. “And the problem for the Patriots — and this is an Aaron Hernandez offshoot — you can’t give a big chunk of money to a guy with a history of off-field issues less than a year after Aaron Hernandez blew up in your face. You just can’t do it.”
Florio doubted that Talib would take a hometown discount to return to Foxboro.
“Are the days still around where somebody would take less to stay with the Patriots? I don’t know that that vibe exists anywhere except maybe in Seattle. And it would be more somebody taking less to join the Seahawks than someone taking less to stay with the Seahawks,” he said. “So, I think they’re going to have to compete with the highest bidder. And if the Patriots don’t compete with the highest bidder, then he could very well be going elsewhere.
“And when you’re in a position where from a PR standpoint it’s very difficult to give a guy a bunch of guaranteed money on the hope that he doesn’t revert to the things he was doing in Tampa, allegedly or actually. That’s a big risk to take. And other teams don’t have that same PR risk.”
Added Florio: “That’s where this whole Revis thing comes from. When you think about what it’s going to cost to keep Talib on a long-term deal, what the costs are from an off-field risk standpoint, it’s very easy to get yourself to the point where you can justify making a run at Revis. And you throw in the icing on the cake of sticking it to the Jets. Because one of the reasons the Jets traded Revis last year was to get him out of situation where he could walk out the door and sign with the Patriots as a free agent this year. For him to end up with the Patriots would be the ultimate kick in the pants to the New York Jets. And I’m sure that the Patriots would like to be able to pull that off. If they think it’s a good football move, you throw on top of that tweaking the Jets, and they’re not going to feel bad about doing that.”
|Jason Cole on M&M: Greg Schiano gets advice to pass on Patriots||02.25.14 at 12:57 pm ET|
National Football Post reporter Jason Cole joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to discuss NFL and Patriots news, including the team’s reported interest in former Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
Cole reported earlier this week that Schiano was getting advised not to take a position with the Patriots under his friend, Bill Belichick.
“He’s got some agents and other coaches and people saying, ‘Look, if you go there, where are you going to get back on the head coach track? Because what credit are you going to get if the Patriots are good? Was it your genius that turned around the Patriots linebacking corps?’ That’s the problem that you have at this point in time with going to work for Belichick.
“Now, if he’s comfortable and he’s saying, ‘Look, I want to take a step back for a few years, maybe be an assistant for a little while, learn under Bill and then I’ll branch off and get a college job,’ yeah. But I think that most people are getting the feeling that Schiano wants to be a head coach sooner than later. And a lot of people basically told him, ‘Why don’t you just take the year off? You’re getting paid. Go learn about the NFL, look around at some college jobs. Go figure out the things that didn’t work when you were in Tampa.’
“But he’s doing what coaches normally do, which is they feel compelled, they can’t get out of the game, they have to be back in it. They get that jones, that itch to coach, they take a job.”
Added Cole: “That’s what other people are saying, they advised him not to do it. ‘¦ Other people advised him to sit out a year, and he’s doing it over their advice. It’s an interesting decision. And for a guy who presumably wants to be a head coach, how’s he going to play this out?”
Looking at it from the Patriots’ angle, Cole said Schiano could help, especially if he’s willing to stand up to Belichick.
“Belichick likes him a lot and I think he respects him and he likes his discipline and some of the ideas,” Cole said. “Certainly Greg did a great job at Rutgers in building that program up. So, there’s a lot to like about Greg Schiano. Certainly he’s not the first guy who was a good head coach who didn’t do so well in his first turn around the NFL — Bill Belichick comes to mind, came back, got another job, fixed some things, got a quarterback, and then all of a sudden some things worked out. So, there’s a possibility for that.
“My only concern with bringing in [Michael] Lombardi and bringing in Schiano is I just hope that they’re guys who are willing to stand in there and say to Bill, ‘That’s not such a good idea. That doesn’t really work.’ Because the thing you worry about, particularly as coaches get a little bit older — and I don’t think Belichick is like this, I think he’s smart enough to realize you have to have contrarians on your staff and people who will question what you do.
“But that’s always a danger, and I saw Don Shula go through it [with the Dolphins in the early 1990s], which is he brought too many guys who he knew through for life, they were too comfortable with each other, and they didn’t stand up and say, ‘That’s not going to work,’ or, ‘That’s not a good idea.’ ”
The big NFL story this week has been the league considering a rule banning the use of racial slurs on the field. Cole said the only way the league can make this work is by having a strict no-tolerance policy, even when players use the N-word without bad intent.
“I get that point [that many African-Americans feel they can use the N-word amongst themselves], but I also say, yeah, but you’re just telling me that it’s only OK for black people to use this, so you’re basically segregating the language,” Cole said. “The other part of it is, you’re trying to differentiate when it’s supposed to be comfortable versus when it’s supposed to be angry and it’s a slur. That’s really hard to decipher. It’s like trying to decipher when some people are deadpan sarcastic and when they’re serious. It’s up to interpretation.”
Added Cole: “Or you get the other use where you get a real lunkhead, loud idiot like Richie Incognito, who starts throwing it around because he sees how comfortable all his friends who are black are using it. And then all of a sudden it’s like, OK, Richie, you can use it because it’s all right for you. It gets all twisted.
“The bottom line is, at least how I grew up, is it’s a dreadfully painful, hurtful word. That was what I was taught. Not just by white people but by black people. And that’s what I taught my kids. Let’s have a nice open discussion about it. Policing it? Yeah, it’s hard. But I think we’re getting to a point where there’s some issues that we’ve really got to talk about culturally about the use of this word.”
Cole predicts that if referees start throwing flags, slurs won’t be thrown around during games, although it will take longer to clean up the locker room.
“I think that you can enforce it on the field, as long as the officials are going to be strict,” Cole said. “If they strictly enforce it, it will disappear in a matter of a few weeks. And it will be done with. Because people will watch their language.”
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|Patriots confirm addition of Michael Lombardi||02.20.14 at 1:48 pm ET|
The Patriots on Thursday announced the hiring of Michael Lombardi as an assistant to the coaching staff.
Lombardi, who was fired by the Browns last week after spending one year as the team’s general manager, has had a long relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, including working together with the Browns in the early 1990s.
Lombardi also has worked in the front office for the 49ers, Eagles and Raiders, and he was an analyst for the NFL Network and NFL.com.
|Greg Bedard on D&C: ‘I would be completely shocked if the Patriots took Michael Sam’||02.14.14 at 9:53 am ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his analytical piece on Michael Sam that indicates the Missouri star should be a late-round draft pick — if he’s drafted at all. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Bedard watched tape from 12 Missouri games and came to the following conclusion:
Sam was a good player for one season in college. He was productive, so the accolades he received were earned. But being a good college player and becoming a good NFL player are two different things (see Tim Tebow). Sam did well for Missouri with a lot of talent around him. A majority of his production came in three games against inferior competition without a need to show much of a pass-rushing repertoire. He doesn’t show much of what the NFL looks for on special teams, and it’s difficult to project a position for him on the next level. For those reasons, Sam would project to be no better than a mid- to late-round pick. He could go undrafted. To my eyes Sam is decidedly average, with nothing exceptional about his game.
Bedard — who told D&C that he has gotten some negative feedback since the article went up, but less than he expected — explained that he had not formed any opinions about Sam before examining the video.
“I went into it, I had no preconceived notions about him,” Bedard said. “I figured, given his credentials, that I would be impressed at least with some aspect of his game. When you talk about watching college players and projecting them at the NFL level, you’re looking for two things, really, in my experience. You’re looking for things they do extraordinarily well, that you say, ‘OK, that’s a real strength and that can be used on the NFL level.’ Or you might find guys who maybe don’t wow you but really show the type of instincts, the kind of inherent ability to play football that it’s hard to measure but it will show up in the NFL game. And I just didn’t see enough to wow me, to impress me with Sam. I was a little bit surprised at that.
“That’s not to say he’s not a good football player on the college level, that he didn’t deserve the accolades. He produced his senior year. I think the production can be taken apart. I’m blown away that he was SEC Defensive Player of the Year over a guy like C.J. Mosley from Alabama, a terrific prospect. But yeah, I was surprised when I went through 12 games. He’s a good college football player, but I think he’s going to have a hard time being able to translate to the next level.”
Bedard noted that Sam’s high sack numbers largely came against inferior competition, and he did not prove he could succeed against NFL-caliber competition.
“I would say that he has above-average ability to get to the quarterback,” Bedard said. “Now, he doesn’t do it in a variety of ways like you need to on the NFL level to do that. And he doesn’t really show the athletic ability to be able to develop that in the NFL. I think when the NFL teams sit down and really debate him, that’s going to be the thing about Sam.”
|Christian Fauria on M&M: NFL ready to accept openly gay player like Michael Sam||02.11.14 at 1:04 pm ET|
Former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to discuss the Michael Sam situation and whether an openly gay player can have success in the NFL. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
Fauria agreed that the Patriots would be better positioned than some other teams to handle a situation like this.
“We dealt with the [Chad] Ochocincos and we dealt with the Randy Mosses and we dealt with a murder [charge],” Fauria said. “So there’s really nothing that can really I guess surprise this team or they won’t be ready to handle. … I’m sure they’ll address it and then that will be it.”
Fauria said concern about how the league will welcome a gay player is overblown.
“I think the NFL’s been ready forever,” Fauria said. “You’re always going to have some knucklehead, some maturity issues by some guy who just doesn’t know any better — I mean, that happens now. But when I think about this, this guy, the unchartered territories, like Lewis and Clark-type stuff, and nobody’s ever done it before, how’s it going to happen — I think more importantly he’s a leader. I think the guys respect him for his playing ability.
“Now, whether he gets along with guys or not and how the coach has to kind of manage that, it has nothing to do with whether he likes guys or girls.”
Added Fauria: “Honestly, I don’t see it being a big deal as far as those guys adjusting to it.”
|Aaron Hernandez associate shot in leg at Hartford club||02.03.14 at 8:58 am ET|
Alexander Bradley, who filed a lawsuit against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face in an incident in Florida last February, was shot three times in the leg Sunday night while at a Hartford lounge, according to Hartford police.
Bradley, who is from East Hartford, responded to the shooting by getting a gun from his car, returning to the Vevo Lounge Bar & Grill and firing shots, police said. Officers spotted a car fleeing the scene and pulled it over, and Bradley fell out. He was taken to a hospital in police custody.
Hernandez remains in jail after being charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd. A prosecutor in that case referred to Bradley as Hernandez’s “former right-hand man.”
Investigators are looking into a July 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston in which two men were killed, and Hernandez is said to be a prime suspect, with Bradley believed to have been accompanying him.
Bradley has had other brushes with the law, including a 2006 conviction for selling drugs.
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