Is Bill Belichick somehow associated with the suicide of Aaron Hernandez?
Hernandez’s lawyer, Jose Baez, wrote about his in his book, “Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez.” The book details the events that brought to the former Patriots tight end suicide on April 18, 2017.
Baez confirmed his revelation that in February 2013, Hernandez asked Belichick to trade him to a team on the West Coast. According to the lawyer, Hernandez feared for his safety in New England. The head coach shut down his request.
“Aaron told me the coach was incensed by the idea, and reminded Aaron that the team had made a significant investment in him,” the lawyer explained in the excerpt. He also noted that Belichick told the former Patriot to contact the Pats’ head of security and look for a new place to live.
Baez had a phone interview with The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin. He suggested that the Patriots head coach should’ve paid more attention to Hernandez’s request. “Had they taken it seriously, how would things have worked out?” Baez told Volin.
Four months after his meeting with Belichick, Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder in the case of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was released before any of the charges were announced. Baez said this was hypocritical on the part of the head coach and the team owner. “You’re innocent until proven guilty in his country, but not in that organization,” Baez added.
Hernandez was proven guilty in 2015. He spent two years in prison, and hanged himself last year. At least one Patriot was seriously concerned about him.
“Quarterback Tom Brady always wanted to know where I was at all times. He would always tell me, ‘Stop hanging with those guys, get your (expletive) together.’ One of the things I regret is not listening to him more,” Hernandez told his lawyer at the time.
Is Belichick somehow connected to the tragedy?