"There were a lot of people who felt Joe was sanctimonious and holier than thou and pious when there wasn't any reason to be," Fitzpatrick said.
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"It's incredibly sad, I think. That's not to excuse what he did or say he doesn't deserve it," Fitzpatrick added. "It's still sad for a guy who, I think, really did try. ... To see it all end so unceremoniously and so ugly, it's just hard to take."