About That Globe Feature On The Private Detectives…

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Really?

I’d love to have been a fly on the wall when the concept for this story was being  tossed around.

I get that the Aaron Hernandez case is one of the most sensational murder cases that we’ve had around these parts in some time. I get that stories about it are going to be written and are going to attract attention and be well-read.

But this story, and the accompanying piece using handwriting analysis on Hernandez’s jailhouse letters are just ludicrous. This is not really to insult to Shira Springer, who I sort of get the feeling is laughing at the subjects she’s writing about in these stories, but the Globe could not have teed up a better tailor-made story to slap at the Patriots than this one.

The only surprise about it is that it didn’t appear two Sundays from now, on the morning of the Patriots opener at Buffalo. We can only wonder what Joe Sullivan has planned for that day.

So read these, and tell me there isn’t an intentional theme that is being pushed here:

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

“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.”

“It sounds unfathomable that something wasn’t done before they re-signed him.”

“Over the years, I have discussed doing background due diligence for certain sports teams,” said private investigator and attorney John Nardizzi, whose company, Nardizzi & Associates Inc., has conducted roughly a dozen athlete-background checks for professional teams. “The response from some who say they recognize the value of such research, but decline to do it, is that they believe their contacts on the ground — former coaches, ex-players who are with the college or team and ‘knew the guy real well’ — are in a superior position when assessing character.”

“I don’t think it’s a question of [giving them] advice. Some of them I just don’t think believe it’s really important, so they’re not going to do it. They’re willing to take a risk with cowboys, villains, and gamblers and say, ‘This is the team that we’re going to field.’ They’re not too worried about everything else.”

So the Patriots were a) lazy, b) cheap, c) negligent d) arrogant and e) enabling.

But they’re not being blamed for this, no, not at all.

The sources in this article are businessmen trying to sell their services. This tragedy could’ve been prevented if they had just hired us! Free advertising!

Meanwhile, I get that Jerry Remy is an extremely nice guy, a private person, and a media member – all of which make him pretty much untouchable, even though he is a public figure.

Are we going to see anything about how all three of his children have had violence issues with the law, including the latest of his son being charged with the murder of the mother of his child?

I’m not saying there should be. I have no desire to see an article of that type. I don’t think Remy should be subject to that kind of scrutiny. But at the same time, the Globe and others are going all-in with this theory that murder could’ve been prevented had the Patriots been more diligent in monitoring their employee during his off hours, but there will be nothing said about a father’s role in the behavior of his own children, and if such a suggestion is even made, it is dismissed as a private matter?

I saw this over the weekend – Time For A Change In NESN Booth – from WBZ-TV sports producer Scott Sullivan, but Sullivan’s premise is as much about Remy’s performance in the booth as it is about his family issues. I don’t agree really, I don’t think Remy should have to give up his job, and I don’t want to see him put through the type of scrutiny the Patriots are being put under, it just seems unbalanced to me to be pursuing one with zeal and not even mentioning the other.

  • APNDaveR

    I, personally, would like to know to what extent Remy acted to protect his son from the legal/financial repercussions of his long history of felonious conduct. I think that’s very relevant from a societal perspective. For example, we have reports that the mother intervened with the victim to persuade her to let the restraining order lapse. I’d like to know if that’s true.

    I think the narrative would be a whole lot different, too, if the killer’s name was, say, Joseph Kennedy III and not Jared Remy. Would people be arguing that Joe II is a private person and shouldn’t be subject to scrutiny concerning his family? Somehow, I don’t think so.

    I also agree with Sullivan: the shtick has gotten old. Remy’s become someone I tolerate because he’s relatively inoffensive and occasionally funny vs. someone I enjoy hearing on the broadcasts. Eck, even though he’s largely unpolished (he’s too conversational; he needs to focus on having more structure in what he’s saying to communicate his knowledge better), is vastly superior.

    • Hank

      My main worry…Why does WBZ send Steve Burton to road exhibition games?

    • latetodinner

      I think you are looking at the wrong Remy. I would like to know what the lawyer, Phoebe Remy said to convince Jennifer Martell to not push for a restraining order after the assault arrest.

      I think that an awful lot of energy was spent polishing a PR image that allowed for the selling of all sorts of Wally crap, Sox nation crap, the bar and Jerry’s image. Three kids in trouble with the law from a family with that much wealth and privilege…your Kennedy comparison is very apt.

  • TimesTheyAreAChanging

    You don’t need Sherlock Holmes to realize Jared Remy was a bad actor and should’ve never been released. The DA should be held to account for accessory to murder.

  • JonB

    Not only is Remy a fellow media hack (one that I would support being replaced), his restaurant is a major client of several of the major media outlets in this town. It’s something I haven’t seen brought up that much, but one would have to believe also plays a major role in the coverage. I’ve heard ads and primetime promo spots for Remy’s all over both WEEI and The Sports Hub fpr at least the past several months. D&C (with Dale Arnold filling in for Dennis) were the only show I heard that seemed willing to discuss the Remy situation at any significant length. While good company men like Salk flat-out refused to comment on it or let any callers discuss it.

    I have a hard time assigning blame to a guy for the actions of his fully-grown children, but I absolutely think there should be some investigation and serious discussion into whether Remy or his cult of personality had any effect on the actions taken by police or the court system in relation to his children’s run-ins with the law. The fact that Jared Remy was still allowed to walk the streets with the criminal record he had just prior to the murder is suspicious at best, and inexcusable in mind.

    By the way, I have it on very good authority that behind the scenes, Jerry Remy is NOT the nice grandfatherly figure he’s portrayed to be by NESN and the Boston media at-large. Apparently he has very little regard or respect for the “little people” who work for the Sox and NESN.

    • bsmfan

      “his restaurant is a major client/sponsor of several”

      Someone asked Finn this on his chat last week. His response was, “Well he puts his name on it just not himself out there.”

      Wait, what? Sorry, but isn’t this having it both ways? I’m not interested in someones’ dirty laundry but isn’t this the absentee landlord thing? I like Finn but I think that in the back of his head, he was reminding himself about the connection between their employers.

      If Remy is private, take your name off of the resturants and stop advertising that he endorses it. Otherwise, he’s a public figure and you can’t treat him otherwise.

      • OpinionNotFact

        I read that by Finn and also didn’t really “get” it.
        I just don’t understand how a guy who has used his status with the Sox as a way to monetize damn near everything he does gets away with being “private”?
        If you wanted to remain private, maybe you don’t become the “President of Red Sox Nation” or you don’t sell a line of Remdog apparel or you don’t plaster your name on restaurants.
        There’s a logical disconnect there, to me.

      • latetodinner

        Point of correction…the Globe might still be telling to eat at the places the father of the murderer endorses…they are morally ambivalent towards crime.

  • smack_libs_around

    Waddle through the cesspool called ‘Boston Media’ and you will find some of the WORST humanity has to offer. Murderers among them? Who’s to say? But spousal abuse, theft, drug use and any number of ‘lesser’ crimes are likely rampant among Boston Media Hacks. And why? With good reason, ‘Media’ people are universally derided and browbeaten…leading to a host of ‘mechanisms’ these hacks need in order to ‘cope.’

  • bsmfan

    I think the Boston Globe employs plagiarists, again, because this story was clearly written by Albert Breer but no credit was given to him.

  • bsmfan

    When looking at the stories, needing cardinality if you were an editor ordering the stories, I agree.

    However, the problem is that the way they’ve covered each story is in such stark contrast, it’s why myself and others here have been railing on the Globe. Look at not only the volume but the editorial differences between the coverage and it’s not even close to even.

    Cover each story fairly and you won’t get hit here or elsewhere. Both are different but the PI story just was over the top and I doubt you will get a story from them on how “person who provides paid services that probably has helped the columnist at the Globe writing in the past” could have stopped Remy’s son.

  • latetodinner

    I am not sure I see how the murder of Hernandez’s associate by Hernandez is less a story than the story of the son of a former player and current Red Sox on air broadcaster killing the mother of his children in front of the child! The degrees are the same. Person of privilege goes and commits a heinous crime. The only reason you are willing to distinguish between the two crimes is the coverage both quantity and quality of the Hernandez case versus the concerted media attempt led by the Globe (17% owners of the Sox) to make the Remy story “personal” and not for “public consumption”.

  • bsmfan

    Looks like another Rolling Stone article is making headlines here in Boston:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/five-revelations-from-rolling-stones-aaron-hernandez-story-20130827

    I guess that’s the summary and you have to buy it (no thanks) to get the actual one?

    Best comment:

    @AndrewBucholtz How Rolling Stone has changed. Today: “NFL Star Does Angel Dust.” 70s, would have been HST writing “I
    Did Angel Dust With An NFL Star.”

    • Trip McNeely

      It sucks that this story will get a lot of traction here in the area. I get why, but to be honest I’m over it. Hernandez is not part of the team anymore and I as a fan of the team have moved on. I understand why the media has to continue to cover the story, but I stopped caring a while ago. It’s not going to bring Lloyd, or possibly the other two people, back. And telling me now that he did PCP is not really a bomb shell compared to the fact that he may have either planned or committed a murder (or possibly 3.) It may help explain things a bit but now it’s like “oh yeah”, “rather than oh my God!” And as always Rolling Stone sucks a bag of them anyway.

      • bsmfan

        It’s basically a long-form Borges article but with the timeline of Hernandez from 10->present and all of the details.

        There are a few new things in there about what sources said BB and the team knew.

        If you read it, I wonder how so much of this got by the locals in town. The stuff around the 2013 Combine and beyond is fascinating (if true).

        Oh, and, Tebow is mentioned in it when they talked about Hernandez’s time in Gainsville.

        • Trip McNeely

          You can literally tell when Ron’s contributions start. The paragraph that starts, “In April 2010” and goes on for 6 more paragraphs. It reads differently from the rest of the article. There is suddenly opinion where the rest of the story reads like an episode of Dateline. You can suddenly tell the author doesn’t like BB and Kraft. Ron is a POS still looking for his Bob Woodward Watergate take down of Bill Belichick, but all he ever ends up looking like is Dan Rather, epic fail.

        • bsmfan

          Yeah, a bit of people dissecting the article if you search “Borges” and “Rolling Stone” on Twitter from the sports media world.

          One example:

          @ErikFerenz How was Hernandez “one
          misstep” from being cut when it took a week worth of a murder
          investigation and handcuffs for him to get cut

  • Trip McNeely

    So there’s a story on Yahoo today about how Denver fans are pissed that the NFL put a huge poster of Joe Flacco on their stadium (along with Manning) and smaller ones around the down town area in order to publicize opening night. But what I found to be the most interesting part of the story was how Vic Lombardi, a local news reporter who covers the Broncos, went around town putting tape over the Flacco posters and writing on the tape “Not in Our House.”

    Can you imagine if Baltimore opened here in New England and say Tom Curran went around “defacing” Joe Flacco posters? The field day the overly critical media members would have with that would be monumental. Shouts of fan-boy would rain down on him as his colleagues attack his journalistic integrity. Or worse yet accuse him of inserting himself into a story and placating to the fans.

    I for one would be pumped to know that someone covering my favorite team actually want them to do well, not because it makes for a better story, but because they too are fans. I feel like way too many media members in this region are too concerned with being critical that they forgot that probably the main reason they got into sports reporting/coverage in the first place was that they were once fans.

  • HomerGreenz

    “The sources in this article are businessmen trying to sell their services. This tragedy could’ve been prevented if they had just hired us! Free advertising!”

    The exact same thing is done in the Rolling Stone article about Hernandez. It’s also yet another example of hindsight basis.

    Borges says if BB had kept an ex-local cop or statie in charge of team security, they could have prevented the murder. Yeah right. How come none of these local cops and staties went public to the Globe about Hernandez when the Pats gave him the contract extension or at any time before the murder of Odin Lloyd? Because they had nothing and knew nothing! And don’t give me any BS about the “media” covering up the story in order to protect BB and Kraft.

  • HomerGreenz

    Eck and Orsillo last night incorrectly placed 100% of the blame for the signings of Hamilton and Pujols at the feet of Angels GM Dipoto.

    Shouldn’t well compensated “baseball people” have a clue about this stuff?

    I mean I thought everyone knew that Arte Moreno went out of his way above the head of his Dipoto to sign those guys.

    They also blamed John Gibbons for Toronto’s poor season. Yes, because success in baseball, especially in the American League, is like success in the NFL that greatly depends on schemes and game planning for opponents…Excuse me while I bang my head against the wall.