I really don't care much for rehashing the Hernandez drama, or why he lost it, call me selfish or an a-hole, but I have plenty of drama and issues in my own life, with my own family and friends... I watch football, I analyze football as an escape from all that, as an enjoyment... so when some player goes off the deep end, not my problem, and I have zero interest in spending days and weeks following the drama.
But it irks me to see known haters and liars making their living off of this, and once more taking the whipping stick and trying to beat down BB with it.
Ron Borges was on Mike and Mike recently, and was all too happy to point the finger for what happened with Hernandez, in BB's direction.
"Belichick knew far more than he said during that press conference, he told Hernandez to get an apartment, a safe house, to lay low" ... "I'm not saying he, or anyone at the Patriots knew about the murder, but they knew a lot of what was going on."
What he said was almost a quote from that RS article: "per a close Hernandez associate," Bill Belichick told Hernandez "to lay low, rent a safe house for a while."
Well.. we all know Borges has a huge ax to grind against BB, and this was his golden opportunity, as for the other bozo who wrote the article, obviously either Borges rubbed off on him, or he's another hater as well:
In an interview with Boston.com Wednesday, Solotaroff elaborated on some of this further:
How long did the reporting process take?
I did most of the stuff down here. Bristol was my beat. Ron did the lion's share of Boston. I went up there several times. Met with Odin Lloyd's people, friends, extended family.
But Ron did most of the heavy reporting on the Pats, on the interactions between Hernandez and Belichick this last offseason, the details about what happened out there in California when he was allegedly rehabbing but really just smoking a bunch of angel dust.
You wrote that it was utter nonsense that Robert Kraft was "duped," as he told reporters after Hernandez was arrested. Is it nonsense because he should have known, or he did know and was not being forthcoming?
I left that a little vague deliberately. People have told me close to the team that Kraft has been stepping back, increasingly letting his son (Jonathan Kraft) but most particularly, most meaningfully, Belichick makes all the football decisions, including what goes upstairs. What information is passed along to the guy who runs the team. If Kraft did not know just how damaged a character Hernandez was coming out of college, he certainly needs to hold Belichick's feet to the fire for that because everybody else knew. And if he knew but trusted Belichick to police Hernandez, much like he was delegated to police the other thugs he has been drafting and trading for, then it seems to me that he is guilty by omission.
In another interview, you said Bill Belichick was responsible for all of this. Can you elaborate on that?
From my reporting and Ron's reporting especially, what's come across is that Belichick has been the decider on that team for many years now. Either through attrition or through his own machinations, he has really become the kind of final say on personnel matters. So we hear all of this nonsense about the Patriot Way -- even Hernandez himself was giving it great lip service when he re-ups for $40 million -- but there doesn't seem to be any evidence of it actually being put in practice. And certainly not in the case of Hernandez, who is allowed to do whatever the hell he wanted to do -- not going to OTAs, go out to California to work out on his own, or to drop in on Tom Brady's pitch-and-catch camp out there at Patriots West.
So I think the extent that the Patriots were uninformed or under informed, that falls squarely in Belichick's lap in large part because of the sabotage he wound up doing to the team's security crew by phasing out Frank Mendes and bringing in the British guy (Mark Briggs) to take over team surveillance. What he lost was a very powerful and very broad-based network of state cops and Boston city cops who would call up a guy like Mendes and whisper into his ear. That all went away with Briggs.
Not too biased in their reporting, are they?
I mean really, I agree with those who are screaming 'stop picking up these kids who shoot guns, run with gangs, have major issues' etc. etc. etc. ... but when you start writing and saying things regarding BB like "sabotage" and "get a safehouse" one has to wonder when someone can be held liable for defamation of character... because they are sure trying to assassinate his, and put this at his feet.
UPDATE / ADD
As you may know, Ron Borges is a known liar and plagiarizer. He was fired from the Boston Globe for being caught doing this. So I feel its important to add some of the comments that came from Jonathan Kraft recently in regards to this fabricated story put out in the RS article: