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Pats' Belichick breaks silence on Hernandez

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  • New England coach Bill Belichick says the Patriots will learn from "this terrible experience," and that it's time for New England to "move forward" after that arrest of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, above, on murder charges. Belichick made his remarks on Wednesday, four weeks after Hernandez was arrested.

      New England coach Bill Belichick says the Patriots will learn from "this terrible experience," and that it's time for New England to "move forward" after that arrest of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, above, on murder charges. Belichick made his remarks on Wednesday, four weeks after Hernandez was arrested.
    Associated Press/June 27 file

 
By Howard Ulman
AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick broke his silence Wednesday four weeks after former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder.

Belichick says the Patriots will learn from "this terrible experience," and that it's time for New England to "move forward."

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Team owner Robert Kraft has said he was "duped" by Hernandez. Tom Brady and the team's other five captains are scheduled to speak with reporters on Thursday when training camp opens. The first practice is set for Friday.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty after being arrested and charged on June 26 in the shooting death of Boston semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd on June 17. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park near the North Attleborough home of Hernandez.

"We'll continue to evaluate the way that we do things, the way that we evaluate our players and we'll do it on a regular basis," Belichick said. "I'm not perfect on that, but I always do what I think is best for the football team."

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