BB: As part of the process, there are a lot of different ways to evaluate players. There are a number of different companies and things out there that do different things; that have different ways of evaluating and those types of tests and so forth. Not all teams use the same tests and certainly those tests are far from being 100 percent as well. It’s part of the process.
Q: Can a team really dictate what a player does off the field? Does your organization care to do so?
BB: We certainly talk to our players and our team about what’s expected and basic guidelines on things like that, absolutely.
Q: Have you spoken with Aaron Hernandez since his name since surfaced in the investigation?
BB: I cannot comment on any player who has ongoing criminal charges and legal situations.
Q: With the players that you have here now, is there any effort to either discover from them or keep them away from the place that Aaron had in Franklin? Are you actively trying to figure out who was there and keep guys away from there?
BB: We have absolutely done as much work as we can on finding out things like that and we’ll try to get all the information that we can as that would apply to any current situation, which I can’t talk about, but we absolutely are trying to do that, yes.
Q: Do you or any Patriots staff or players expect to be subpoenaed and if so have any of you engaged council for that?
BB: That’s not something I can comment on.
Q: Did the organization have any idea about this double homicide in 2012 that he was connected or the shooting in Miami?
Q: Given what Matt Light said, did any of your players come to you expressing concern about Aaron Hernandez?
BB: Again, I can’t speak for anything anyone else has said and I can’t make any comment on the player’s situation.
Q: You had a player in yesterday for a tryout who had a previous gun incident. Did the experience with Aaron Hernandez color your decision in not signing him?
BB: We had multiple players in and we signed the player that we thought was best for our football team.
Q: Will previous incidents color your personnel decisions moving forward?
BB: Each decision will be done on a case-by-case basis and we’ll make the decision we feel is best for the New England Patriots football team.
Q: Obviously you’re somebody who tries to avoid distraction for yourself, the organization and the players. How do you expect your team to react during training camp with this story unfolding?
BB: It’s time for the New England Patriots to move on and that’s what our job is. And as I said, our goal is the same: to have a winning football team, to be a pillar in the community. That’s what our direction is; that’s what we’re going to do.
Q: In terms of defining character, have the resources that you’ve used in the past been fairly reliable and do you feel like there was a failure here? Going forward, do you change resources that you rely on to determine character?
BB: Well, nobody knows better than you guys that all sources are not equal. You guys know that better than I do. When you get information, you take the information, you evaluate it, and you do the best you can with it. So, there’s a variance in the quality and the amount of the information. It’s a case-by-case basis. Each one’s different. There’s no set formulas. I don’t think it works that way. but again, of the hundreds of players we’ve had through this program in the last 14 years, there’s been a lot of good ones, a lot of real good ones, and we’ll try to do a good job in bringing people into this organization in the future and try to learn from the mistakes that we’ve made along the way, of which there have been plenty. But we’re always trying to do a better job on that and that’s what we’ll continue to do.
Q: Without being too specific and getting too personal –
BB: I don’t think you need to worry about that, but I appreciate the warning.
Q: Is this something that you felt the need to discuss with your family and friends? It goes beyond being a football issue and is something that’s very personal, and at the same time, very public.
BB: Well, it certainly goes way beyond being a football issue, there’s no question about that. This is real life, so it’s a substantial issue. I don’t know how it could be any more substantial or any bigger.
Q: Was there a family discussion about it?
BB: I mean, believe me, there have been plenty of discussions on it. There’s process in place here, so that’s the judicial process. We’ve had certainly lengthy discussions about it internally in our organization on a lot of different levels, so I think it’s gotten plenty of consideration, plenty of discussion.Continued...