Transcript of news conference of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick after learning of the death of defensive end Marquise Hill.
Q – Coach you have the deepest sympathies on the death of Marquise Hill. He was not only a fine football player, but also a good man, who went back to New Orleans to help those still victimized by Hurricane Katrina. Could you tell me, what is the feeling in the organization?
Belichick– Right now Marquise is listed as day to day with an upper body injury. I would say he is questionable for the season opener.
Q – Uh, coach, Orleans Parish coroner Dr. Frank Minyard said that Marquise drowned in Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday. Surely this is a tragic loss for your football team, and the community.
Belichick – We’d like to have our own doctors check him out. I am sure that there are fine doctors in Orleans Parish but it’s our policy not to comment on injuries until our own medical staff has examined them.
Q – He’s not injured coach, he’s passed away, he’s dead. It’s been confirmed.
Belichick – Look, I am not going to stand here and argue about the status of one of my players. You’re not a doctor, I’m not a doctor, we have doctors and once they have examined him then we’ll be better able to give you his status but as of right now he is questionable for the opener.
Q – You can’t be serious coach, this is not a football issue, the man is deceased.
Belichick – I was told Tedi Bruschi could not play after his stroke; he’s playing as well as ever. I was told not to have Ted Johnson practice after getting a severe concussion. He can’t count to seven. There is no real way of determining this until we get him out there and examine him.
Q – OK Coach, since you are not forthcoming on this issue, can you at least tell us if Bridget Moynahan is having a girl or a boy.
Belichick – We consider Bridget day to day on whether she will have her menstrual cycle in the next few weeks. Again we need to get our medical team in there to see what’s going on and then we’ll have a better idea of her status. Thank you.