FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – We have heard multiple media outlets commenting in regards to formerNew England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’ involvement in the case of the death of27-year-old Odin LIoyd. Now, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is speaking out. For the first time, he shared his thoughts on this matter to the media Monday afternoon according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
“No one in our organization was aware of any of these kind of connections. If it’s true, I’m just shocked,” Kraft said in his office at Gillette Stadium. “Our whole organization has been duped.”
Kraft, who has owned the Patriots since 1994 said that he was “limited” in what he could say to the throng of reporters due to “an ongoing criminal investigation, as well as other potential civil proceedings.” With that being said, he stressed that it “is important that our fan base hear directly from our organization.
In addition, he noted that the team knew Hernandez was “immature”, but did not think his off- the- field antics would ever reach as far as a murder charge.
He also took his time with the media to express sympathy for the LIoyd family.
“The most sad thing is the Lloyd family lost a son, a brother,” Kraft said. “I’m really sorry, and my heart goes out to the Lloyd family.”
Now that the owner has spoken to the media regarding the situation, one has to wonder if other members of the Patriots organization will comment on this matter. However, with the team having the reputation of being very tight-lipped in regards to negative press concerning their players (in this case a former one), it would not surprise me if Kraft is the only one to make comment regarding this.