Private detectives see holes in Patriots’ handling of Aaron Hernandez

Foxborough, MA--8/15/2013--Private investigators are photographed at Gillette Stadium, on Thursday, August 15, 2013. (This is for a story on how background checks are conducted, in light of the Aaron Hernandez (cq) case. Left to right, they are: John Nardizzi (cq), Pamela Hay (cq) and Jay Groob (cq). Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: private eyes Reporter: Shira Springer
Conducting thorough background checks for professional teams is becoming more common for private invetigators (from left) John Nardizzi, Pamela Hay, and Jay Groob.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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After the arrest of Aaron Hernandez on first-degree murder charges, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he had been “duped” by the tight end. Kraft said he only knew “what goes on inside this building” and “we don’t put private eyes on people.” Some local private investigators found those statements curious, especially in reference to a player who arrived in Foxborough with a questionable past.

“It’s like having blinders and earmuffs on,” said private investigator Bob Long. “Is that all he wants to know?”

No one could have predicted the murder charge against Hernandez, but private detectives might have changed the risk/reward equation for the Patriots by spotting red flags. With that in mind, Boston-area private investigators outlined how they would have handled a Hernandez background check had the Patriots called.

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