FOXBORO, Mass. — Bill Belichick is tired of hearing about New England Patriots controversies that end in “gate.”
After reiterating that the Patriots didn’t break any rules Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, Belichick was asked about Spygate, New England’s 2007 controversy, when they were caught videotaping signals from New York Jets’ coaches.
The Patriots head coach was fiery in his rebuttal.
“Look, that’s a whole other discussion — I’m just,” Belichick said. “The guy’s giving signals in front of 80,000 people. OK? So we filmed him taking signals in front of 80,000 people like there were a lot of other teams doing at that time too. OK? But forget about that. If we were wrong, then we were disciplined about that.
“The guy’s in front of 80,000 people. Eighty-thousand people saw it, everybody’s sidelines saw it, everybody sees our guy in front of 80,000 people. I mean, there he is. It was wrong, we were disciplined for it. We never did it again. We’ll never do it again. On anything else that’s close, we’re not gonna do either.”
Belichick said the Patriots try to stay away from anything that might be close to breaking the rules.
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