July 10, 2013 |
NEW ENGLAND owner Robert Kraft spoke publicly for the first time yesterday regarding murder charges against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. "If this stuff is true, then I've been duped and our whole organization has been duped," Kraft told Boston-area reporters during a 40-minute session in his office. Kraft said he believed Hernandez was a "most likable young man. " But he said the Patriots "made a mistake and are facing it head on," which includes a process in which they will "renew efforts and look at procedures.
June 29, 2013 |
The NFL Network wrapped up its Top 100 Players of 2013 series on Thursday night, and its almost complete shunning of the Philadelphia Eagles is now history. Perhaps deservedly so, after a 4-12 season that got head coach Andy Reid fired. Only one Eagles player made the list, running back LeSean McCoy at No. 45. That's way down from 2012, when the list included seven players: McCoy at No. 18, tackle Jason Peters at 42, defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole at 44 and 57, quarterback Michael Vick at 70, wideout DeSean Jackson at 71, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at 79. Peters had a good excuse: He missed last season because of a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon.
June 27, 2013 |
ATTLEBORO, Mass. - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested yesterday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people. Hernandez, 23, was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs just over a week after Boston semipro football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park a mile away. Less than 2 hours after the arrest, the Patriots announced they had cut Hernandez, a 2011 Pro Bowl selection who signed a 5-year contract last summer worth $40 million.
June 21, 2013 |
MIAMI - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, already connected to a homicide victim in Massachusetts, is being sued in South Florida by a man claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club. The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday by 30-year-old Alexander Bradley, comes as police in New England investigate the death of 27-year-old semi-pro player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass.
June 20, 2013 |
A Boston man found dead Tuesday morning in an industrial park about a mile from the home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was the victim of a homicide, officials in Massachusetts said Wednesday. Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter's office, however, did not elaborate on the details of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd's death. His family said Lloyd played for the Boston Bandits semipro football team and had connections to Hernandez, but did not provide details. "My son is a wonderful child," his mother, Ursula Ward, said, crying as she spoke outside the family's home.
June 19, 2013 |
NEW ENGLAND Patriots tight Aaron Hernandez has been questioned by police investigating a homicide in Massachusetts, SI.com. reported. Hernandez isn't believed to be a murder suspect but a vehicle registered in his name has emerged as a key piece of evidence, according to the website. A body was found less than a mile from Hernandez's house in North Attleboro. SI.com reported that a source acknowledged a connection between Hernandez and the case. Investigators are searching Hernandez's home, according to reports.
June 17, 2013 |
Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying insinuations that he stole New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring that's on display in the Kremlin, but says he's ready to buy him another ring as a gift. Putin was reacting Sunday through a spokesman to a New York Post story quoting remarks made by Kraft on Thursday. "I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin]. And he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,' " Kraft said, as quoted by the Post.
June 12, 2013 |
THE NEW ENGLAND Patriots yesterday announced the signing of the former Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, 6 weeks after he was cut by the New York Jets and just in time for the start of the 3-day Patriots minicamp that runs through tomorrow. Tebow practiced with veteran New England starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett. The newest Patriot wore No. 5, not his familiar 15 - which belongs to Mallett - on his shorts and helmet. The QBs wore red jerseys without numbers. "First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity.
June 11, 2013 |
IF NEW ENGLAND coach Bill Belichick really hates the way Tim Tebow plays, he has a funny way of showing it. The Patriots reportedly are signing the former Jets and Broncos quarterback to a contract and expect him in minicamp today. ESPN.com and NFL.com, citing league sources, reported the news yesterday, the same day the Patriots announced they had released backup quarterback Mike Kafka. The websites reported Tebow was being brought in to play quarterback. CBSSports.com, however, citing a source, reported that he will play tight end. Tom Brady is, of course, the starting QB. His backup is Ryan Mallett.
June 11, 2013
Quarterback Tim Tebow will be signing with the New England Patriots and joining their minicamp Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press. Tebow will need to pass a physical before a contract becomes official. Even when Tebow signs with the team, there is no guarantee he will make the Patriots. The Chicago Bears have waived fullback Evan Rodriguez after he was charged with driving under the influence last month. The fourth-round draft pick out of Temple in 2012 was also arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., in March for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication after a car in which he was a passenger was involved in a traffic incident.