In a very real sense that lack of action on the part of the Patriots led directly to the chain of events which ended in the execution-style murder of a man. Kraft or Belichick may not have pulled the trigger here but absolutely there is reason to think that there is Patriot culpability.
Let's put the question another way.
Does anyone think it is at least possible that if the Patriots had terminated Aaron Hernandez as soon as he they found out about the SHOOTING SOMEONE IN THE FACE incident in February that Odin Lloyd might not still be alive today?
I think that is possible. Very possible. Why would anyone think otherwise?
Here's what his former teammate Matt Light said about him.
What did did Kraft and Belly know about AH, and when did they know it?“I never talk about other guys, but I will say that I have never embraced—never believed in—anything Aaron Hernandez stood for,” former offensive tackle Matt Light told the Dayton Daily News. Light retired after the 2011 season following 11 years in New England.
We deserve answers so this never happens again.
I've got a new drinking game which is perfect for playing at an AA meeting.
Get those beers iced down and then tell the AA members that they can take a drink each time ESPATS says "Patriots" when reporting on the Hernandez case during any given hour.
Everyone in the room will be stone sober by the time that hour's up.
In the eyes of the Bristol-based ESPATS, their hometown hero AH has nothing to do with the Pats* now that they cut him. Just ask Belly, he'll say he doesn't comment on players not on the roster.
End of story. Nothing to see here! Move along!