By Tom E. Curran
The Patriots released a statement regarding the Brandon Meriweather situation that, in effect, merely confirms they are awake today. "We are aware of the reported allegation but do not have any additional information," the brief statement released by the team's media relations department reads. The aim, no doubt, is to stem the crashing waves of inquiries flooding their office by phone and e-mail. That there is no statementfrom Meriweather can be interpreted a couple of ways. Either he hasn't given them one, or they haven't asked. In my experience, I'd guess it's the latter. The Patriots aren't going to send out a statement on Patriots letterhead that has the words "shoot" "gun" or "victims" in it. It's bad for the brand. Meriweather is going to be on his own with this mess.