By Evan Bleier / August 22, 2018

Lawyer’s Book Implies Patriots Trading Aaron Hernandez Could Have Prevented His Crimes

Would things have been different if Bill Belichick had honored Hernandez's trade request?

Aaron Hernandez's 2015 Murder Conviction Thrown Out
Aaron Hernandez No. 81 of the New England Patriots smiles from the sidelines in the fourth quarter during a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

In a new book, the lawyer who got Aaron Hernandez acquitted of a 2012 double murder and spent time with the troubled tight end in his final days implies the Patriots may have been partially at fault for Odin Lloyd’s death.

According to attorney Jose Baez, Hernandez met with Patriots coach Bill Belichick at the NFL Combine in 2013 and told him that he feared for his safety.

Worried some shady associates knew where he lived in New England, Hernandez asked for a trade to an NFL team on the West Coast.

Belichick denied Hernandez’s request and told his player to move to a new house and contact the Patriots’ director of security.

“Aaron told me the coach was incensed by the idea, and reminded Aaron that the team had made a significant investment in him.” Baez writes in Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez“Had they taken it seriously, how would things have worked out?”

Of course, as we all know, Hernandez was then involved in the death of Lloyd – although his murder conviction has been vacated.

Lloyd’s family has previously gone after Hernandez’s estate in court.

In his book, Baez also revealed the contents of Hernandez’s suicide notes.

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