Investigation of Aaron Hernandez

In addition to sports fans, politicians, twitter, print media, and anyone who lives in Boston, we can now add private investigators to the list of people who are sharing their opinion on the New England Patriots’ homewrecking tight end, Aaron Hernandez.

The Boston Globe recently published an article in which New England private investigators John Nardizzi, Pamela Hay, and Jay Groob share their opinions on what they would’ve done differently, had they been consulted by the Patriots organization.

The Globe writes that PI Jay Groob wrote a letter to Patriots owner Robert Craft, in which he discussed, “investigative and security services,” such as “vetting, due diligence, and surveillance of personnel,” with regard to Hernandez.

John HodaAfter Hernandez was arrested on first degree murder charges, Groob was baffled by comments made by Kraft about his ignorance of Hernandez’s activity.

“To say Kraft only knows what’s going on in the building, it’s like having blinders and earmuffs on,” private investigator Bob Long told the Globe. “Is that all he wants to know?”

According to the article, Long, a former a Massachussets State Police Officer, is an expert in law enforcement, due dilligence, and background checks, and he’s worked with sports franchises before.

“Due diligence is not anything new in sports,” Long told reporters. “It’s conducted on athletes because you’re investing millions and millions of dollars in them. A lot of teams are willing to take some risk. They keep their fingers crossed that nothing happens and have blinders on and earmuffs on and hope nothing blows up. Well, in this case, it did.”

The article goes on to say that on the eve of the NFL Draft, the organization’s security provides teams with basic background check information on draft-eligible players. From then on, the author writes, it’s up to the individual teams to decide what they want to do. Their options? Suffice with the information given to them, which, the article says, tends to be very basic, common information, or pursue further background or surveillance checks.

But, in cases like this, its very possible the organizations don’t want to know any more than they have to.

via John Hoda