New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick broke his silence on Wednesday a month after his former player, star tight end Aaron Hernandez, was arrested for murder.
Belichick said the Patriots will learn from "this terrible experience," and that it's time for New England to "move forward."
Team owner Robert Kraft has said he was "duped" by Hernandez. Tom Brady and the team's other five captains are scheduled to speak with reporters on Thursday when training camp opens. The first practice is set for Friday.
Brady also broke his silence on the matter. On Tuesday, he shared similar sentiments as Belichik in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
“I’ve seen a lot of things over 13 years, and what I have learned is that mental toughness and putting aside personal agendas for what’s in the best interest of the team matters most," said Brady.
"My job is to play quarterback, and I’m going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. I have moved on. I’m focusing on the great teammates I have who are committed to helping us win games,” Brady added.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty after he was arrested in June in the shooting death of Boston semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.
"We'll continue to evaluate the way that we do things, the way that we evaluate our players and we'll do it on a regular basis," Belichick said. "I'm not perfect on that, but I always do what I think is best for the football team."