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Patriots Release Statement on ‘33 Pages’ Reports

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After reports surfaced earlier this week about there being 33 pages of text messages between Bill Belichick and former Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots released a statement from Andrew Phelan of Bingham McCutchen, the team's attorney, on Friday to clarify the number of messages actually exchanged:

Earlier this week, a report indicated that an exchange of text messages between the team's head coach and Mr. Hernandez totaled 33 pages. While it is unknown how the texts were printed or displayed, I thought it was important to clarify that during an early investigation conducted by state prosecutors, the team produced a total of 34 text messages (not pages of texts) spanning a period of five months (December 2012 – April 2013) between the head coach and Mr. Hernandez.

The AP report said that both Belichick and owner Robert Kraft were interviewed by police last August during the investigation of the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, while also reporting that court evidence included "33 pages of text messages between Belichick and Hernandez in 2013."

Hernandez is currently facing murder charges in two different cases: one case relating to the June 2013 death of Lloyd, and one case relating to the July 2012 deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

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