Cary Williams apologizes to Bill Belichick for “cheaters” comment

AP

Eagles cornerback Cary Williams called the Patriots “cheaters” early this month, and stood by that comment after facing some criticism for it. So surely, when the Eagles and Patriots met on the field on Friday night, Williams said it to Bill Belichick’s face, right?

Wrong.

Instead, Williams tracked down Belichick to apologize and tell him he hadn’t really meant it.

I told him that I was sorry,” Williams said, via Philly.com. “I told him I respect him as a man, I respect him as a coach, I respect him as a GM. And I respect the organization. I told him I said something out of emotions, and I didn’t mean that. . . . You try to use anything to fire yourself up. I let my emotions get the best of me. I said some things I kind of regret.”

Williams said Belichick also had kind words for him.

“Two guys with respect for one another,” Williams said. “I told him how I felt, and he knew it was from the heart.”

Williams had an interception return for a touchdown in the game, and he said that was an exciting moment for him.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t,” Williams said. “I even held onto the football. Anytime you can get Tom Brady, he’s one of the greatest all-time. I’m keeping that ball.”

Williams hurt his hamstring on the pick-six, but he didn’t think the injury was serious — no more serious than his pre-game comments about the Patriots.

83 responses to “Cary Williams apologizes to Bill Belichick for “cheaters” comment

  1. Awesome, football players using the same tactics boxing has been using for years. Pregame controversy, game is played, everyone kisses and makes up afterwards.

  2. Perhaps someone explained to Williams that the Patriots did not benefit because of the taping, as the same information could have been available by taping from the press box. The violation was taping from the sideline, which was probably done because of a feud between Belichick and Mangini. Also, other teams also filmed from the sidelines, to the point where it was nearly common practice.

  3. Come on Williams and man up…if you didn’t mean it why say it? It’s a fact they got caught for cheating, and you commented to that by referring to them exactly what you meant. It makes you look weak when you backtrack, especially after doubling down on that statement prior to this “retraction/apology”…..weak.

  4. .
    Williams career, or the Eagles season, cannot possibly be helped by picking fights with opposing coaches..
    .

  5. Williams could have crushed Brady when he tried to tackle him. Brady could have been out for the season if Williams chose to do that instead of getting the touchdown instead.

    Maybe all of you Pats fans and Brady lovers should thank their lucky stars instead of bashing Williams or the Eagles. All Williams had to do was put a shoulder into Brady instead of twisting to break the tackle and injuring himself in the process.

    Brady had no business putting himself in harms way for a preseason game in the first 4 minutes of play.

  6. Good for Williams. Rare and refreshing for him to apologize, when most people who say wrong and mean things, tend to double down.

    Hear that politicians?

  7. lphboston says:
    Aug 16, 2014 12:05 PM
    Perhaps someone explained to Williams that the Patriots did not benefit because of the taping, as the same information could have been available by taping from the press box. The violation was taping from the sideline, which was probably done because of a feud between Belichick and Mangini. Also, other teams also filmed from the sidelines, to the point where it was nearly common practice.

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    It was common place, but the Pats lost a 1st round pick, and Belichick was fined a half a million personally….yeah, that’s how it works

    I’m sure it’s a coincidence they’ve won nothing since being caught either

  8. funny how calling someone who was caught cheating a “cheater” is somehow inappropriate.
    belli may be a good coach but lets not pretend he didnt have an advantage by video taping and further, this rewriting of history by the fan base and press is pathetic. he did it, own it and stop with the excuses about how other teams did it too, or he never had an advantage crap. he did it for a reason and its called cheating.

  9. It was common place, but the Pats lost a 1st round pick, and Belichick was fined a half a million personally….yeah, that’s how it works

    I’m sure it’s a coincidence they’ve won nothing since being caught either

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    Actually, they have more wins than any team in the league since 2007. So, well you are wrong there too.

  10. Only the very dim don’t realize that “Spygate” was completely overblown by ESPN as a way to drive viewership. The list of coaches (including Mangini) that say it was no big deal is extensive.

    The fine was Roger’s way of saying he was sheriff and nobody in the game was bigger than him. If you defied the commish’s memos, he’d hit you with the big stick.

    Sure, they haven’t won it all since it happened, but they’ve been to two SBs, two additional AFC finals, and won way more games than anyone else in the league since September 2007.

    Haters will always hate, and will always look foolish while doing it.

  11. people just won’t let it go. look, cheating happens. they were caught doing what a lot of teams were doing at the time. move the heck on

    have they won a SB since? no. they did go 16-0 and race undefeated to a VERY close super bowl. they have been competitive every year including when they had matt cassel leading the way from week 1-17.

    so really, can we stop with the Bellicek bashing? he is one of the best coaches in the game, it has nothing to do with cheating, and its gets really tired. The Pats will likely win double digit games again this year. using the “they haven’t won a super bowl in that span” argument sucks because neither have 27 other teams

  12. Williams is the perfect eagle. Epitomizes that lowly team and their trailer park fan base. All bark, no bite.

  13. He said it. He stood by his comment, And now after the practice game he apologizes to Belichick.
    Cary comes across as a publicity hound trying to make a name for himself.
    He intercepted Brady last night. That will be the highlight of his career.

  14. Class act right there. People who refuse to let go of a scapegoat punishment, admitted by other coaches as common tactic, and use it to delegitimize an entire career and organization are just ignorant.

  15. “Two guys with respect for one another,” Williams said.
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    Belichick has no idea who Cary Williams is.

  16. just lost all respect for Williams, what a coward

    he as correct and conservative in calling the Pat cheaters.. they are cheaters.. and, IMO, much much worse as an org

    shame Williams caved and proved to be a coward

  17. Pats are the lowest class org in the league… protected by Goodell… we are not buying Kraft’s continual plea that he is just stupid “we were duped” alibi… Pats are cheaters, Pats are a scum org, Pats have been a nice little AFC team, Pats have won nothing in well over 10 years and I discount the SBs prior to that with the proven cheating, Pats are all Brady, BB and org are vastly overrated and benefit from low morals and league protection.., Pats are not a top 10 team IMO… but, yes they will win 10+ games and their little division…

  18. From a reporter that was apparently there when Williams made his “apology.”

    “Williams’s tone was in stark contrast from his previous comments and, to be frank, were less than believable after the way he comported himself. If he had chosen his words wiser, as he claims, he still would’ve meant to say exactly the same thing. This game he’s playing with the media is merely just a matter of putting the issue to rest, which he is entitled to do. But it rings hollow.”

  19. Just when I thought somebody finally stood behind their comments and wasn’t gonna let anybody pressure him into apologizing. Oh, well. This is America. What did I expect?

  20. Williams really blew it here…. and if Goodell pressured him he should be fired….. I think we can all agree that the league would be better w/o Goodell, maybe this is a way to get him

  21. Big Blue On You says:
    Aug 16, 2014 12:10 PM
    Williams could have crushed Brady when he tried to tackle him. Brady could have been out for the season if Williams chose to do that instead of getting the touchdown instead.

    Maybe all of you Pats fans and Brady lovers should thank their lucky stars instead of bashing Williams or the Eagles. All Williams had to do was put a shoulder into Brady instead of twisting to break the tackle and injuring himself in the process.

    Brady had no business putting himself in harms way for a preseason game in the first 4 minutes of play.

    Doesn’t matter when you’ve got Jimmy GOATroppolo ready to take the reins.

  22. They were caught red handed cheating. Don’t appologise for calling what was. I liked him , now I don’t. A man of principal is awesome. A man who runs from what he said is a coward.

  23. Calling the Patriots cheaters is like making fun of someone for being rich and having a hot wife.

    At the end of the day you will still be rooting against us while your team plays golf in the post season.

  24. Yeah, why can’t they be a class organization like the Steelers and have a rapist for a team leader. Btw, Cary then asked Bill to keep him in mind if there is an opening down the road.

  25. We, the SAUSAGES support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are amazing and I love them!!!!!!
    This guy from pit is overweight bald works at Burger King his life is a joke just like their offence. Stop lying like Bill and move out of your parents basement

  26. Haters just lost their poster boy, who saw the organization up close, how hard they work, the preparation and efficiency and knew he had to man up and tell the truth. Good for him.

  27. @justintuckrule, this trailer park fan predicts the Eagles will beat your Giants twice by a total of 40 pts. Or so.

  28. Good boy carey now sit. Stay. Now roll over. Ok come here and get your treat. Boy you can barely see kelly’s lips move when carey talks. Way to stand behind how you feel.

  29. Why the heck would he say he didnt meant it after he stood by what he said?
    Just apologize and say I shouldnt have said it. I wasnt conducting myself like a pro

  30. @Pats fans, you do realize your QBs completed 90% of their passes against the #7 cornerback who will be stocking shelves at Walmart after Thursday. Just saying.

  31. I think Williams may have actually figured out what Spygate was all about

    It was a practice that had been going on by all teams from the 1950s til 2006 when the league issued a memo telling teams to move signal filming cameras off the sidelines into the stands (it still continues from there today hence coordinators still cover their mouths)

    The Patriots violated the new 2006 rule in the first half of the first game of 2007 – but many ignorant fans and players think that a new 2006 rule somehow invalidates all previous Super Bowls.

    Obviously it does not and Williams – and all fans and players who think like him should be embarrassed

  32. Cary realized (after being kept out of practice the next day) that it more than likely was not a good idea to make the comments that he did, even in the heat of the moment. He may need another team to play for in the future, and some of the coaches ask for Belichick’s opinion. The rest of you butt hurt trolls need a program to get over your frustration over the continued success of NE. They contend year in, and year out, and there’s nothing you can do about it. NE has a rookie qb who looks better than half the veterans who are currently playing…and the winning continues.

  33. Say what you mean and mean what you say or don’t say it at all! It’s pretty lame to say something, then stand behind it, only to completely flip-flop on the whole subject. I prefer NFL players don’t talk at all until gameday.

  34. Short memory for Pats fan. Williams highlight came in the CHAMPIONSHIP game against the Ravens when HE intercepted BRADY. The Ravens went on to win the Superbowl.

  35. p8riotdynastylives says:
    Aug 16, 2014 12:27 PM
    best record in NFL since 2001 ….period……hate us thats fine …all the better when we keep winning

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    Actually they have the best record in the NFL since 1994.
    Most regular season wins
    Most playoff wins
    Most SB wins
    Most SB appearances

    That’s a 20 year run and there isn’t anything the jealous crybaby haters can do about it.

  36. Repeat that Pick Six in the Super Bowl against the Patriots and I’ll be impressed, Cary. But in a preseason game….nice moment of glory, but by tomorrow everyone will forget it ever happened. Save it for when it counts!

  37. So why say it in the first place? Someone should tell Cary Williams that videotaping was not cheating and that every team in the NFL was doing it. Is he so naive to think the Patriots were the only team videotaping? The Patriots got caught because they had an Eric Mangini with an ax to grind. I’m sure if every other team had a jilted lover with an ax to grind, they would have gotten caught as well.

  38. The issue I have with Williams is that this isn’t the first time he said this. When he was with the Ravens he brought it up. Remember the Pats and the Ravens played each other in back to back AFC Title games so apparently he has a grudge against the Pats. We all know what happened, they were caught cheating and payed a price but why does Williams keep bringing it up and only when his team plays them? I bet someone in the Eagles organization spoke to him and basically told him to apologize. As much as he has run his mouth about this I find it hard to believe he did this because he was sorry.

  39. It would be really nice if all the jealous haters could at least post something truthful, like the Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2004, not 2007, which was the same year that they lost both coordinators to head coaching jobs, Ty Law left, Tedy Bruschi had a stroke, etc. I’d say those are much more valid reasons for not winning a Super Bowl, as seen in their obvious defensive woes since then.

  40. rajbais says:
    Aug 16, 2014 1:53 PM
    would he have said sorry had he not picked off brady?

    ******

    No chance. Exactly right, he would have “stood by” his lame comments. The Spygate thing is tiring. He saw Belichick in person and wet himself. If anyone attributes the Patriots 20 years of success to filming a signal guy then you have no clue what you’re talking about. The guy is the best coach in the history of the NFL. He demands respect and as you can tell, he gets it.

  41. wow, the hate is strong with the Pats fans today.

    Let me spell it out–your coach got busted cheating–do I think it was a huge deal? No. Do I think it was wrong? Yup.

    Was it obviously cheating? Yes.

    No one is lying or wrong when calling your coach a cheater. He is, it has been proven, and he was punished for it.

    Deal with it.

  42. Goodell’s greatest crime may be his protection of all things Kraft and Patriots… Pats are NFL scum org… it is what it is… cheaters, unethical, corrupt ownership

    does anyone really think Pats would make playoffs if in NFC? really????

    and do you think BB, a losing coach w/o Brady, will stick around to be exposed after Brady? hmmm

  43. Not a PATS fan but calling them cheaters is scraping the bottom of the barrel for an insult. Like others have said plenty of other teams did it just didn’t get caught. Please come up with something better if you’re gonna insult them.

  44. What will you so called Pats fans excuse be when Brady is done, and ol coach Bill bails out? huh? what then? You people do know Brady won’t play but maybe 2 more years?

  45. In the Byzantine NFL world, BB is the most successful coach of the last decade.
    Suck it up Haters and acknowledge you Master!

  46. Pats are the lowest class org in the league… protected by Goodell… we are not buying Kraft’s continual plea that he is just stupid “we were duped” alibi… Pats are cheaters, Pats are a scum org, Pats have been a nice little AFC team, Pats have won nothing in well over 10 years and I discount the SBs prior to that with the proven cheating, Pats are all Brady, BB and org are vastly overrated and benefit from low morals and league protection.., Pats are not a top 10 team IMO… but, yes they will win 10+ games and their little division…
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    You do realize the Pats play teams out of their division too, right? Like the number one teams in other divisions because the Pats are usually the number one team in their own division. Fake football fans like you seem to always overlook that fact. The AFC EAST isn’t actually that bad out of conference. The pats are just THAT good.

  47. Pats fans were the guys you made fun of in middle school….

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    You’re being made fun of now.

  48. doubt any Pats fan would be brave enough

    truth hurts…. but it is still the truth

    Pats are the scum org of the league.. under Roger’s protection and they have accomplished little outside the AFC

  49. nflfan1 says:
    Aug 16, 2014 9:18 PM
    Pats are the lowest class org in the league… protected by Goodell… we are not buying Kraft’s continual plea that he is just stupid “we were duped” alibi… Pats are cheaters, Pats are a scum org, Pats have been a nice little AFC team, Pats have won nothing in well over 10 years and I discount the SBs prior to that with the proven cheating, Pats are all Brady, BB and org are vastly overrated and benefit from low morals and league protection.., Pats are not a top 10 team IMO… but, yes they will win 10+ games and their little division…
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    You do realize the Pats play teams out of their division too, right? Like the number one teams in other divisions because the Pats are usually the number one team in their own division. Fake football fans like you seem to always overlook that fact. The AFC EAST isn’t actually that bad out of conference. The pats are just THAT good.

    Patriots 4-2 in the division 8-2 outside there division last season.

    Just another moron without a clue.

  50. justalonewolf says:
    Aug 16, 2014 7:37 PM
    What will you so called Pats fans excuse be when Brady is done, and ol coach Bill bails out? huh? what then? You people do know Brady won’t play but maybe 2 more years?
    _______________________________
    I think that is their point. bb and brady are all time greats!

  51. surfinbird1 says:

    Aug 16, 2014 1:36 PM

    Cary then asked Bill to keep him in mind if there is an opening down the road.

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    Why not? Worked for Revis, right? If Cary was smart enough to apologize (whether it was sincere or fake), he’s also smart enough to know he might actually win a ring in NE, but that will never happen with the Eggles.

  52. Apparently the Patriots only had one healthy tight end on the roster Friday night which is why they were using OT Maneri at tight end, thus resulting in Williams INT. Nothing to brag about.

  53. Love how this guy is barking all week and then he completely bows to the glory of the rings and keeps the ball that Tom Brady touched so he can put it in his trophy case.

  54. If the Pats gained such a great advantage by taping something that could just as easily be written down, why is it that no one has ever been able to explain the advantage that got by doing so? Its been almost 10 years. Seriously, if they wrote down what they saw vs taping it, it would be “legal.” What is the amazing advantage of taping it instead?

  55. Is it just me, or does it seem strange that Pats fans never bring up the taping of the Rams walk through prior to the Super Bowl? I’m guessing that would give a team an unfair advantage. Do Pats fans think every team in the NFL did that? Oh, let me guess….they think that never happened.

    Goodell destroyed the evidence for a reason. He had to protect the NFL from the negative media exposure and fallout of a team cheating in the Super Bowl.

    And yes, the Pats have won a lot of games, and even some playoff games since the scandal. But, they have played in about the worst division in football for well over a decade. There are more than a couple of teams that could have won 6 games a year in that pathetic division.

  56. Is it just me, or does it seem strange that Pats fans never bring up the taping of the Rams walk through prior to the Super Bowl? I’m guessing that would give a team an unfair advantage. Do Pats fans think every team in the NFL did that? Oh, let me guess….they think that never happened

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    That’s because it didn’t happen.

    And the weak division argument has been debunked plenty of times. For such a weak division it’s interesting how a representative from that division has played in 5 AFC championships in a row…

    Poor poor haters. You have no idea how much we’re going to enjoy gloating, rubbing it in and kicking you while you’re down after the patriots win the Super Bowl this year….I CAN’T WAIT!

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