Bill Belichick Might Have Drafted a Murderer: Is His Legacy Tainted?

By Devin O'Barr
Bill Belichick looks on
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A hooded sweatshirt and a crooked smile can only hide so much.

In the case of Bill Belichick, a few headlines that we have recently swept under the rug are starting to rear their ugly heads. The New England Patriots‘ head coach is in trouble of having his highly-touted legacy tarnished forever. For years, Belichick has been heralded as an NFL guru, but since “Spygate” the Pats’ frontman only has put egg on his face.

I understand that Aaron Hernandez is responsible for himself. However, Belichick should be blamed for bringing in a man who is apparently gruesome enough to take someone else’s life — Hernandez was charged with murder on Wednesday. If you’re going to commend New England for snagging Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, then it’s only fair to hammer them for drafting Hernandez in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

So, stop babying the Pats and giving Belichick a pass simply because he won back-to-back Super Bowls over a decade ago.

Right now, the troubling facts are starting to overshadow the coach’s witty and unconventional coaching style. For example, the aforementioned Spygate scandal passed over Foxborough without as much as a slap on the wrist and now the Pats’ coach is getting left off of the hook in terms of Hernandez.

Feel free to grill Hernandez for his actions, but don’t let Patriots management ride its high horse without calling Belichick out for his lack of judgement.

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