The New England Patriots were silent after the initial teaser and full article were released from Rolling Stone Magazine, but now the team’s president, Jonathan Kraft is pointing out some things he calls completely false in the Aaron Hernandez story written by Paul Solotaroff and Bill Belichick-hater & plagiarist Ron Borges.
“Reading the article, there were two, three, four things in particular that I saw that are completely, factually inaccurate,” Kraft said, via Boston.com. “I don’t know the facts around the other pieces of the story, but it really makes me question it.”
Among the things Kraft pointed out in the story (via Boston.com):
- He said one of the juiciest revelations – that Hernandez flew to Indianapolis this past April to tell Bill Belichick that his life was in danger, and that Belichick recommended that Hernandez rent a second apartment as a safe house – is completely false.
“I saw Bill today, and asked, ‘Did Aaron ever tell you his life was in danger?’ He’s like, ‘Absolutely not,’” Kraft said. “If a player had told Bill that his life was in danger, Bill would say, ‘We’re calling (security chief) Mark Briggs, we’re calling the authorities.’ His response wouldn’t be, ‘We’re going to get a safe house and you’re going to lie low.’ I know Bill, that’s not what he would say.”
- Kraft also said that Belichick never threatened to cut Hernandez at the end of the 2013 season if he had slipped up one more time, as the story said.
- Kraft pointed out that former security officer Frank Mendes was not the team’s chief of security, as was portrayed in the story. He also defended Mark Briggs, the current director of security who came on the job in January 2001 after running security at the Sydney Olympics.“Mark spends a tremendous amount of time talking to police forces, the FBI, the CIA, because I see them in here,” Kraft said. “He understands crowds and he understands terrorism and he’s been in combat and in difficult situations. He’s the right guy to run a venue in today’s world.”