Seemingly right on cue, just moments after posting the video of the Britney Spears defender, I came across this incredible gem. First, you must see the Spears video. After you take a peek at that, feast your eyeballs on this:
As Bill Belichick approached the podium preparing to field questions from the media following the Patriots win over the Chargers on Sunday, he made an action that can be taken in no other way than disrespectful.Â BelichickÂ turnedÂ the NFL Network microphoneÂ (which was already set up at the podium prior to his arrival) upside-down.Â Belichick fielded questions for around a minute before someone from the audience reached up to adjust the microphone back to the upright position.Â You can see for yourself in the photos below.
Why Belichick did this we’re not quite sure.Â Without a doubt, it was an intentional act of disrespect because he had his choice of microphones that were already set up, and the only one he turned upside-down was the NFL Network’s mic.Â Was the disrespect aimed at the NFL or the NFL Network?
LaDainian Tomlinson went to meet some of the opposing players on the field following the game - as is the tradition in the NFL. However, the post-game show on CBS caught Tomlinson getting into a shoving match with a few Patriots. In his post-game interview on the podium, Tomlinson addressed the shoving, saying it had to do with the Patriots’ celebration following Kaeding’s missed potential game-tying field goal that resulted in a 15 yard penalty for excessive celebration:
“I would never ever react in that way. You guys know me, I’m a very classy person. I wouldn’t have reacted like that so yes I was upset. Because when you go into the middle of our field and you start doing the dance that Shawne Merriman is known for, that’s disrespectful to me. And I can’t sit there and watch that. And so yeah, I was very upset. And just the fact that the way they showed no class at all and maybe that comes from their coach.”
Maybe that comes from their coach? Hmm, didn’t know Tomlinson had a beef with Belichick, but certainly now we know that he does. The dance Tomlinson is referring to is Merriman’s “Light’s Out” dance where Merriman acts like he’s pulling the cord to turn off a light bulb. A couple thoughts there - don’t get upset about other people celebrating when it’s your teammate Merriman who started it. If you don’t like celebrations, then why isn’t Merriman’s dance disrespectful? Since Tomlinson isn’t complaining about Merriman’s dance, just the fact that the Patriots did it, this unfortunately becomes a clear case of sour grapes for a guy whose reputation had previously been sterling. Oh yeah, just a thought my friend John Ramey brought up, are you really classy if it’s a self-proclaimed trait?