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Belichick On Hernandez: ‘A Sad Day On So Many Levels’ (page 2)

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In this 2012 photo, Bill Belichick and Aaron Hernandez chat at the beginning of a Patriots practice at Gillette. (Photo credit: Boston Herald)

In this 2012 photo, Bill Belichick and Aaron Hernandez chat at the beginning of a Patriots practice at Gillette. (Photo credit: Boston Herald)

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“I’m not trying to make the story disappear. But I respect that the judicial process, I’ve been advised not to comment on ongoing judicial proceedings,” he said. “Ultimately the judge and the jury will determine the accountability. My comments are certainly not in proportion to the unfortunate and sad situation that we have here.

“I’ve been advised to address the subject once, and it’s time for the New England Patriots to move forward,” said Belichick. “To be a winning football team, to be a pillar in the community, to be a team that we are proud of.”

Read: Former Patriot Matt Light Speaks Out Against Hernandez

Belichick said the process of evaluating players will primarily stay the same, but he and the organization will look at what they can improve. But he stressed the team’s evaluation does not end after the players are drafted or added to the team, and continue throughout their time with the organization.

“We’re in a constant evaluation in overseeing our current team and current players, we continue to evaluate our players on a regular basis at different point of the season and offseason,” he said. “I would say that any information that we get, we take it for what we feel like the value on it is. The sources vary, as you know. We’ll try to get as much information as we can and make the best decisions that we can for the football team.”

As for his players, Belichick echoed that it is time for the team to move on.

“That’s what our job is. Our goal is the same: to have a winning football team, to be a pillar in the community. That’s what our direction is, that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.

Read: Brady Has ‘Moved On’ From Hernandez

Belichick said he backed the comments made by Robert Kraft earlier this month 100-percent, and his relation with the team’s owner has not taken a hit due to the situation.

“I feel like I’ve had a strong relationship with Robert and his family since I was here in 1996, and I think it’s gotten stronger every year that I’ve been here with the Patriots,” he said. “The more we rely on each other, I feel like our relationship’s really close and continues to grow closer every year as we grow older together.”

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