Earlier today, Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald had some of the quotes from Pats linebacker Adalius Thomas, who met with the media a day after being sent home for showing up for work late.
Tom Curran of Comcast has more of them.
And it’s clear that Thomas isn’t happy about the situation, and that he’s not apologetic.
“That’s one thing about Mother Nature, you can’t control that,” Thomas said. “You can’t run people over getting to work. There’s nothing to
apologize about. I don’t know what else to say. You leave home, cars
sitting there, it’s not The Jetsons,
I can’t jump up and fly. What the hell am I supposed to do? I don’t
want people to think I just didn’t show up and didn’t have a reason.
That’s not true. That’s not true at all.”
So what did Thomas do when he was sent home for showing up late?
“He’s the head coach, he makes the calls, you have to abide by it,” said
Thomas. “I was told to go home, I went home . . . put my toes up in the
air and relaxed.”
Asked whether he’d be motivated by the move, Thomas continued his rant.
“Motivation is for kindergartners,” Thomas said. “I’m not a
kindergartner. Sending somebody home, that’s like, ‘Oh he’s expelled’ .
. . That’s ridiculous. Motivation?”
So to the extent that Bill Belichick took strong action against Thomas, Randy Moss, Derrick Burgess, and Gary Guyton in the hopes of forcing this thing to a head, it looks like it pushed Thomas over the edge, and it seems unlikely that he’ll be back next year.
Our suggestion? Cut him now, and let a team like the 1-11 Browns or the 1-11 Rams or the 1-11 Bucs or the 2-10 Lions claim him on waivers. If Thomas wants to act like he doesn’t give a crap about winning, he should play on a team that isn’t.