Asante Samuel had a lot to get off his chest about his time with the New England Patriots.
Samuel was not one of the many players who joined New England over the course of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick dynasty and embraced the team’s philosophy. The now-retired player was part of back-to-back Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams in his first two seasons.
Speaking with the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast in a recent interview, Samuel said that he never bought into New England’s team mentality, popularly known as the “Patriot Way.”
“Some of them [were] brainwashed with that Patriot Way. I’m not going for none of that. I don’t know what no Patriot Way is,” he said.
Samuel’s main issue with the team was how they dealt with his contract situation. Samuel noted how Belichick was a highly paid coach in the league, yet didn’t want to give the cornerback a longer-term deal.
He later signed with the Eagles on a six-year, $56 million deal.
“All of them [were] company men, talking about Patriot Way,” said Samuel. “I don’t know none of that. I’m here to get money, take care of my family, the same way Belichick is here to take care of his family, get his money. So when you try to hold my money back and you want all your money, I [have] no respect for you.”
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