The New England Patriots have cornered the NFL market when it comes to drama on and off of the field. The five-time Super Bowl champs withstood the ramifications of Deflategate and Tom Brady returned to grab another ring.
Now that on the field business has been handled, head coach Bill Belichick has been added to a list of people who could be called to testify at the upcoming double murder trial of former player Aaron Hernandez.
It’s like the trial that just won’t go away.
Belichick's name appeared on a list of possible witnesses filed Tuesday by Hernandez's defense. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is also a possible witness.
Hernandez, once a rising NFL star at the tight end position for the Patriots, apparently lived a double life and is charged with the drive-by slayings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012. He's already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of his fiancée.
The prosecutors have painted a picture of Hernandez as a cold-hearted killer. They say Hernandez shot the victims after one spilled a drink on him at a club and words were exchanged.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty and though the Patriots have moved on and had success since his departure, the sports world is very eager to see if the details that finally come out in court are as egregious as the media portrayed when this unfathomable story first surfaced.
Opening statements are scheduled for March 1.