When a former great player of your organization thinks you look like cheaters, then you might be cheaters.
46-year-old Tedy Bruschi, who played linebacker for the Pats from 96-08, appeared on NFL Live earlier this week and proceeded to dump all over his former team over their latest cheating scandal when an employee of the team was caught taping the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline.
“Who thought this was a good idea? They’ve denied it and Bill said he has nothing to do with Kraft Productions, and I know Kraft Productions, and they’re a separate part of the building. However, Kraft Productions is under the umbrella that is the New England Patriots, so it looks bad,” Bruschi began.
“With everything good that’s going on with the organization this year in terms of the celebration of the NFL 100, talking about Bill Belichick as one of the best coaches of all-time, him and Saban this week talking about their philosophies and why they’re such great coaches. And then you get this, and all it does is open up that wound and open up that scab so everybody can just say ‘they’re cheaters’, once again.”
“What were we thinking? I’m a member of the New England Patriots for my entire career and I’m thinking ‘what were you thinking that this was a good idea to bring in a camera crew?’ Still, you want to do you Do Your Job series, I’ve seen it — with the video personnel, with Jim Weiland and the training staff — they’re good little pieces, yes. But this one? This was the wrong idea to do it. They weren’t thinking, they weren’t thinking what the optics were. And I don’t blame the league and I don’t blame anyone out there that reopens all of this stuff and give you an easy opportunity to call the New England Patriots cheaters because of all their success, because the way it looks it terrible. And I don’t like the way it looks, and I’m disappointed that someone didn’t have the awarness in that organization not to go through and say ‘wait a second, maybe we shouldn’t do this, because it doesn’t look good.”
The NFL hasn’t finished with their investigation, and even though the Patriots have suspended the videographer, their punishment is soon to come.
H/T – Bro Bible