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Aaron Hernandez attorney blames Bill Belichick for not trading disgraced tight end to West Coast

John Tomase
August 20, 2018 - 1:24 pm

Here's a new one: Aaron Hernadez's downfall traces in part to Bill Belichick's refusal to trade him to the other side of the country.

That's one of the more eye-brow-raising assertions in the new book by Jose Baez, attorney for Hernandez, that the Boston Globe's Ben Volin excerpted on Monday.

From the book, Baez recounts the time in 2013 when Hernandez had received threatening messages from former friend Alexander Bradley, who would accuse Hernandez of shooting him in the eye. Hernandez requested a meeting with Belichick, which the player promptly missed. So the two met in Indianapolis at the scouting combine. From Volin's story:

At this meeting, Hernandez told Belichick he feared for his safety, and requested a trade, ideally to a team on the West Coast. Baez wrote that, "“Aaron told me the coach was incensed by the idea, and reminded Aaron that the team had made a significant investment in him." Belichick told Hernandez to contact the Patriots' director of security, and to get a new residence.

Baez remains upset at the Patriots for not taking Hernandez’s trade request seriously.

"Had they taken it seriously, how would things have worked out?" he said.

Given the troubles that dogged Hernandez throughout his short, tragic life, it's hard to argue that simply moving away would've changed anything. Hernandez was convicted of murdering friend Odin Lloyd before committing suicide in his cell last year.