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Former Pats OL Matt Light Once Tricked a Teammate Into Asking Bill Belichick to Pay His Bar Tab
Hazing rituals like taping guys to goalposts or making them dress up in embarrassing costumes may be funny to some, but if you really want to get the best of a younger teammate, you have to take a page from the book of former Patriots OL Matt Light.
Here’s the story about how Light got third-year safety Brandon Meriweather to actually go up to Bill Belichick and make him pay his bar tab at the 2009 Pro Bowl:
“It’s a table full of veterans. All the guys are cutting up, having a good time. This is right around the pool,” Light said.
“[Meriweather]’s kind of the young guy, kind of the odd man out, and he’s not saying much. He’s just laughing, joining in the festivities, and I walked over to him and — I [had seen] him order a drink from the waitress — I said, ‘Hey man, you do know that you can put all this on Bill’s room, right?’ Now you’ve got to remember, Belichick and the entire staff were coaching the AFC.’
“Now I go up there saying that just busting his chops. I didn’t really know what was going to happen, but I figured I’d plant that seed. He looks at me and he says, ‘Are you serious?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, man. You don’t ever pay for your drinks when your coach is here coaching.’ I’m like, ‘Come on. Come on, rook.’ So I walk away; I’m not thinking anything of it.”
Light said he and Wes Welker then witnessed the exchanged of a drunk Meriweather thanking a very confused Belichick and Linda Holliday for the gesture.
“Fast forward like four or five hours,” Light said. “I literally witnessed him walk up to Bill with his check, like the little card that has your bill in it, and hand it to coach Belichick and say, ‘Hey, thank you coach. I appreciate you,’ in a way only that he could do it. Like you could imagine what that conversation looked like.
“And I’ll never forget — Bill’s looking at him like, ‘What are you talking about?’ But Linda’s like, ‘Go ahead, take care of the tab. Help him out, right?’ It was the most uncomfortable awkward moment I’ve ever witnessed with coach.”
Classic stuff right there.
I can’t wait to see Belichick’s reaction after a reporter asks him about this incident during his next press conference.