On the eve of New England Patriots training camp and the start of a new season, this afternoon the team and Coach Belichick strategically held a press conference to address the Aaron Hernandez issue. While Hernandez stood handcuffed in court just after lunch for what was supposed to be a probable cause hearing on his pending murder charge(s), Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to make his first public comments since the player’s arrest and release stemming from the June 17th murder of Odin Lloyd.
Business leaders, take notice. Coach Belichick’s remarks today were honest, sincere, and real. Often blasted for his bland and boring answers to the media’s questions, today Belichick opened up a little bit more, when he could. Belichick today was personal and human on a day when he could have gone total “coach-speak” and nobody would have blamed him. If you have a second do yourself a favor and read the transcript or better yet check out the video from today’s press conference. It never hurts to watch a great manager handle a tough situation perfectly, and that is exactly what Bill Belichick the man and Bill Belichick the coach did today.
Aaron Hernandez is fighting for his freedom. The family of Odin Lloyd is praying for answers and peace. And the sad, ugly truth about life and business is that while Bill Belichick the man is still trying to comprehend exactly what happened in the whirlwind since that fateful night, Bill Belichick the coach will tomorrow begin looking at Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui and other options to replace Aaron Hernandez, the player.
Sports and real life. Two totally different, very connected, worlds.