The New England Patriots have long had a reputation for bringing in troubled players and getting the most of them on the field. That is, until one of their best players was arrested and charged with murder.
On Sunday night, NBC’s Cris Collinsworth was discussing the fantastic game cornerback Aqib Talib had against the Atlanta Falcons. He seemed to forget about the most shocking drama of the NFL offseason.
“We all know about Aqib Talib and his history and what happened in Tampa,” Collinsworth said during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. “All Bill Belichick does is bring them in here and there hasn’t been one ounce of a problem. There’s something about when they come in and play for the Patriots. Whatever their issues were before, they disappear.”
We know the point Collinsworth was trying to make. Talib is known for things like getting into fights with teammates and not going to class in college. Despite that, he has been nothing but a shutdown corner for New England since he was acquired via trade last season. Other players like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss, who caused locker room problems elsewhere, were able to do the same for the Patriots.
However, Hernandez has pretty much put a damper on the entire thing. Belichick and company knew Hernandez liked to smoke weed and had a history of hanging out with a rough crowd, but they drafted him and signed him to a $40 million contract anyway. Now, he is awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd and could be linked to a separate double murder. It sure sounded like Collinsworth momentarily forgot about that.
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