Patriots head coach Bill Belichick weighs in on Aaron Hernandez, Deflategate

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke candidly during a recent interview with CNBC, sharing his thoughts on a range of topics -- from Deflategate to Aaron Hernandez.

The current Super bowl champion played a rapid-fire word-association game with CNBC contributor Suzy Welch. When she said "the media," Belichick quickly responded, "It is how a team connects to its fans."

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In a quick back-and-forth moment, Belichick commented on both Deflategate and former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Welch: Deflategate.

Belichick: Ridiculous.

Welch: Aaron Hernandez.

Belichick: Tragedy.

Welch: Heartbreaking.

Belichick: Yes. That would be another word.

Hernandez, who is currently serving a life sentence for a June 2013 murder, most recently made headlines when he was found not guilty of murdering two men in Boston.

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Belichick made history in Feb. when he won his fifth Super Bowl as a head coach -- setting a new NFL record. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in a stunning comeback victory to capture the championship.

The Super Bowl champions are set to visit President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are expected to be in attendance, but at least six Patriots have said they plan to skip the event.