Re: OT: BB and AHern had a reported 33 pages of texts b/w them (IF YOU DONT CARE THEN DONT READ IT)
posted at 7/19/2014 9:06 AM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
these are the facts, regardless of what Doug or Muzzy believe;
-the defense is trying to portray AH's mental state and feel that the pats can help the case, be it texts, reports or medical record
-The Pats, nor BB are on trial here, but there are two distinct possibilities. 1) BB could have been simply discussing football with Hern. If this is the case, that is against league rules, and Bb may be penalized by the NFL. 2) BB could have been discussing Hern's problems, and the NFL nor the courts can do anything about that, but it would be embarassing
-it is highly, highly doubtful, that Bb was texting Hern socially, asking him how his summer bbq's are going. While that scenario is certainly plausible, it is a reach
-regardless, during the time of the texting, Hern had been in serious legal trouble, and the pats as his employer, and their police contacts and inside investigative team, had to have been somewhat aware of. The rumored shooting in Fla was very much "out there" and lawyers were looking for Hern. All this time, Hern was texting BB saying "hello, everything is hunky dory?"
While there's a period during the offseason (between the voluntary workout period and the opening of training camp) when coaches and players can't participate together in any kind of coaching activity, I don't believe all communication between coaches and players is prohibited. And there are plenty of times during the offseason when some coaching activities are allowed, so the texting between BB and Hernandez isn't necessarily against league rules. Those 34 texts apparently occurred between Dec 2012 and April 2013. Those would be times when contact between players and coaches is allowed, I believe, since it would coincide with the end of the season and the offseason workout period. I think Hernandez had shoulder surgery during that period, so it's quite possible BB was just asking him how he was doing. It could all be quite mundane.
Again, the defense is just looking for evidence that might support an argument that Hernandez has some kind of mental impairment that prevented him from being fully in control of his actions on the night of the murder. It seems to me that people are jumping to all sorts of conclusions about what might be in those texts. Hernandez's lawyers, I'm sure, aren't expecting to find any shocking "smoking gun" in those texts. They're just looking for bits of information that might help build their case. Honestly, it seems like people are either blowing the significance of these texts way out of proportion or trying to pretend they have no significance at all. The truth is they may or may not have significance, but if they do have significance it's most likely because they provide simple examples of erratic behaviour or evidence of a head injury. I doubt the lawyers expect more than that from the texts, and personally I don't expect much more either. Is it possible there's something really embarrassing to Bill Belichick in the texts? Sure. Anything's possible. But at this point assuming that there's something embarrassing seems to be very speculative. There are plenty of reasons to suspect these are just ordinary communications between a player and his coach.