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Belichick Sidesteps Questions on Aaron Hernandez Texts


FOXBOROUGH — As Patriots training camp began Wednesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was unwilling to address the 34 text messages he exchanged with his former tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been charged with the murder of three people in two separate incidents dating back to 2012.

Toward the end of his opening press conference, the team's head coach was asked whether he was concerned about the content of those text messages becoming public.

"That was addressed by a lawyer last week," Belichick said. I don’t have any further comment on it."

He brushed off another question before ending the press conference.

Last week, Patriots lawyer Andrew Phelan, a partner at Bingham McCutcheon, issued a statement in relation to the text messages after erroneous reports surfaced that Belichick had exchanged 33 pages of texts with Hernandez, clarifying that there were only 34 texts shared with authorities. However, the statement made no comment on Belichick's behalf about the content of those messages he shared with his former player, which dated from December 2012 to April 2013.

Hernandez faces two counts of first-degree murder charges in Suffolk County for the deaths of two Boston men, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012, as well as a first-degree murder in Bristol County for the death of Odin Lloyd in 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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