Bill Belichick normally shows all the empathy of a mosquito on a kamikaze attack.
He is the NFL’s hooded cobra, prowling the sideline with a permanent dispassionate stare.
But Wednesday, in his first public comments since the arrest, and subsequent release by the Patriots, of Aaron Hernandez there was raw emotion.
The New England head coach expressed remorse Wednesday, saying that he was “shocked and disappointed” that one of his players could be connected to a murder.
As Belichick was making his remarks, Hernandez was appearing in court for what was supposed to be a probable cause hearing, in which prosecutors were expected to present evidence against the tight end to a grand jury.