Bill Belichick says ESPN report on meeting with Roger Goodell is not true

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One of the more eye-opening details in ESPN’s recent report about alleged dysfunction within the Patriots was that Bill Belichick and Roger Goodell have a close relationship. Is it really true that the commissioner who busted the Patriots for Spygate and Deflategate has now become buddies with New England’s coach?

Belichick says one detail of the story — that Belichick met last week with the commissioner — is simply false.

That’s absolutely not true,” he said on WEEI. “The last time I saw the commissioner was before our game against Oakland in Mexico City. He was on the sideline and I saw him before the game and wished each other well. That is the last time I saw him.”

ESPN later amended the story to say that the NFL said Belichick and Goodell met a year ago, not last week. Asked specifically whether the ESPN report that he is “good friends with Goodell” is true, Belichick didn’t come right out and deny it but he indicated that “good friends” is an incorrect characterization of their relationship.

“Well, again, he’s the commissioner,” Belichick said. “Certainly, I am a coach, he’s the commissioner. I think we know what that kind of relationship is, as far as saying hello to him and talking to him, that kind of thing. As far as seeing him last week, I mean, no.”

So as the Patriots deny much of the story, we can add Belichick’s relationship with Goodell to the list of issues that are not, according to New England, as ESPN is making them appear.

88 responses to “Bill Belichick says ESPN report on meeting with Roger Goodell is not true

  1. All I know is I seen Kraft at the Rams Falcons game glad handing Rodger ,,,a game Kraft had no business being at let alone right with Rodger !

  2. You guys ought to send Seth Wickersham a bonus. Generated a lot of clicks and attention with his article, but you guys are getting even more out having to print all the articles that completely discredit the story. Well done, Seth.

  3. Who should I believe, the guy going on record or the guy who doesn’t even know what he said in his own article when he was challenged on it on the radio?

  4. Wickersham’s sources tell him that it is 75 degrees and sunny in Foxboro today.

    ESPN says that the claim is correct, since the temperature is indeed in the positive numbers today.

  5. So when numerous aspects of this “journalism” are shown to be false, don’t you eventually have to discredit the whole report and let it die the death it obviously deserves?

  6. Oh FFS, the Pats have been lying and cheating for the last 20 years. Who believes a thing they say – especially when it comes from the mouth of The Hoodie? They can raise their hands in mock indignation all they want. For once, I believe ESPN. It’s like listening to two chronic liars and trying to figure out which is more full of…beans.

  7. Even the most jaded Pats-hater cannot honestly believe that BB and lyin’ Roger are “good friends”. Assuming that this supposed “fact” is made up you then have to question the validity of other “facts” in the article as well. ESPN has already been known to lie and fabricate in other previous instances, so why anyone would take anything they write at face value is beyond me.

  8. Of course the HC of the Patriots has a working ‘relationship’ with the commissioner and it’s probably better than at least one of his player’s. Remember when Harrison said he wouldn’t urinate on Goodell if he was on fire? Belichick’s relationship with Roger is better than that. He’d gladly urinate on him, fire or not.

  9. rolf1015 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:02 am
    This story keeps coming apart piece by piece. First 11 of 12 balls, now this. Does ESPN have any credibility left?

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    Nope, none. Oh sorry – that was a rhetorical question, right?

  10. What happened to pro football?

    Here’s the last sentence of the article, LMAO!

    As Brady and Belichick left the field, bundled up in the cold, the only thing clear was that the beginning of the end started a long time ago, masked by success and the joy and pain of the rise, leaving both men this year’s playoffs and their collective will to stave off the fall.

  11. Yet another indictment of ESPN’s reporting integrity (if they have any credibility left). They have become the National Enquirer of sports. Wickersham has traded short term attention for a reputation as a buffoon. Lack of journalistic integrity, Skipper’s substance abuse fueled resignation coupled with ESPN’s plummeting profits must have Disney and Hearst (the owners) thoroughly disgusted with the network. It will be interesting to see how George Bodenheimer deals with the latest disgrace. Perhaps Seth Wickersham will find himself suspended or fired.

  12. Someone in the national press has to write about ESPN’s compulsive lying regarding the Patriots..the problem with that is the media in general are compulsive liars. The New York media and ESPN has been lying and exaggerating about all things New England since Belichick left the Jets in the lurch….Get over it New York, we know you think those trophies should be yours.

  13. Belichick Wrote a letter of support for the president. Kraft was also a supporter as was Brady till some backlash from his wife. Anyone surprised the media is trying to go after them?

  14. gotitan says:
    January 9, 2018 at 9:59 am
    Shocking. Even more so come Saturday night when the Titans advance.

    ****

    Chippy’s bringing out the sock puppets

  15. Anyone who watches or follows any “journalist” is someone who regurgitates everything they hear. No thinking involved. CNN, MSNBC, NYTimes, ESPN, its pathetic really

  16. Even the haters wouldn’t confuse ESPN with being the most prestigious hub of intellectual activity in America.

  17. Haters got their hopes up for a day, but this click-bait is quickly disintegrating. BSPN might want to go back to all of their unnamed sources and ask for a refund.

  18. So espn has to backtrack and admit a detail of the story that could be easily verified was false.

    This is only the beginning and doesn’t look like it will end well for espn

  19. drsummeroff says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:06 am
    Oh FFS, the Pats have been lying and cheating for the last 20 years. Who believes a thing they say – especially when it comes from the mouth of The Hoodie? They can raise their hands in mock indignation all they want. For once, I believe ESPN. It’s like listening to two chronic liars and trying to figure out which is more full of…beans.

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    Translation: “BB, Brady and the Pats have beat my team like a drum for almost 20 years now”

  20. crush22 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Really?
    We are in the middle of the playoffs and this is all you can talk about?
    Move on.
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    This is by far the best message I have ever seen you post on a Patriots related thread.

    Thank you.

  21. ESPN is a complete joke. I cannot believe some moron producer told a sideline reporter to get over to Hurts last night to get his reaction. Hurts handled it like a pro but putting a mic in front of that kids face was complete bush league and it is just a microcosm of how horrible ESPN has become. I only watch their garbage station when its the only option to watch a game. All their other trash is never watched at my house.

  22. ESPN may have gotten a ton of clicks and lots of attention for this crap story in the past five days, but come Saturday’s game, the Patriots will have the last laugh when they knock off the Titans and advance to the AFCCG…AGAIN.

  23. Interesting that ESPN (so called “Worldwide Leader”) in an article about 3 men did not have a single questions to any of those three men or even one “fact” from a named source.

    Compare to the Peyton Manning tell-all:

    “The Peyton Manning you didn’t know: From pranks to deejaying and more

    Jeff Saturday, Manning’s teammate from 1999 to 2011: “It was my first year playing with the team

    Adam Vinatieri, Manning’s teammate from 2006 to ’11: He didn’t care who you were, Peyton would prank you if he could.

    and so on and so on”

    Even Star Wars attributed quotes to Darth Vader where appropriate

  24. The only people involved with the NFL who lie more than Goodell are the worldwide joke of sportscasting

    SMH

  25. Modern journalism in the age of the internet in a culture without ethics –

    1 – develop premise that will generate most advertising dollars
    2 – write and print premise using suspect and/or nonexistent “sources”
    3 – wait for denials (with proof) from subject of premise and delete and adjust accordingly
    4 – story is now complete.

  26. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the “leaks” for this story were created by Belichick. Kraft overruled him on Jimmy G and this is a little payback, hence all the “Brady is a jerk” stories. Notice it dropped during the bye week, making the Pats the talk of the NFL during a week they’re not playing. It helps with team motivation. Brilliant move by Belichick

  27. peytonwantsaflag says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:50 am
    Modern journalism in the age of the internet in a culture without ethics –

    1 – develop premise that will generate most advertising dollars
    2 – write and print premise using suspect and/or nonexistent “sources”
    3 – wait for denials (with proof) from subject of premise and delete and adjust accordingly
    4 – story is now complete.

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    You forgot to add “Confirm conclusion with selectively chosen Twitter rants/memes by like minded people”

  28. Come on people, Wickersham couldn’t even correctly state a basic fact like this season’s NFL Trade Deadline in his hack story. He said it was Nov. 1. Anyone who covers or even just watches the NFL ought to know that this year it was 4 p.m. on Oct. 31. It’s a minor point, perhaps, but it reflects Wickersham’s disdain for making sure that anything he reports is actually true. (The incorrect date is still posted in his story as of 10:50 this morning.)

  29. Interesting how all these BS ESPN stories about the Patriots come out just before a big playoff game. Coincidence?

  30. gotitan says:

    January 9, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Shocking. Even more so come Saturday night when the Titans advance.

    ******************************************************************
    Yup … advance right to their off season

  31. Listen to Wickersham try to defend his story on WEEI. I think it was a fair discussion, but he really seems like he didn’t do the research for his own article if you ask me. He can’t speak in detail about any of the facts presented in the story or give any other insight. When he was questioned about how he conducted interviews with Patriots staffers he was really shaky.

  32. The ESPN story might have been more believable if the author hadn’t had all of the major players doing a complete 180 on how they actually conduct their affairs.

    Anyone who believed that Kraft dictated any roster move to Belichick is either a Patriot Hater, an complete moron, or more likely, both.

  33. gotitan says:
    January 9, 2018 at 9:59 am
    Shocking. Even more so come Saturday night when the Titans advance.

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    Advanced tee-time bookings maybe.

  34. ESPN continually demonstrates they are nothing but a worthless collection of idiots.
    Too many shallow, leftists that stretch the truth to make the story.
    Included among many, big mouthed, angry black racists.
    Enjoying the failure of this collection of self serving, mental lightweights.

  35. I know Patriots Fan Talk will have a field day with this “revelation.” Anything to avoid that this story didn’t come from nowhere. “Good friends” is a euphemism used in business all the time. I am “friends” with few people in my organizations, but I have certainly been referred to as one by dozens if not hundreds of people in it over the course of my career. As a professional, my answer would be the same as BBs…we have a professional relationship.

    And whether the meeting was last week or last year is immaterial. Who cares. That doesn’t change the thrust of the story. Doesn’t change the part I find most important is the decline of Brady’s pocket presence as the season wore on because THAT can be proven in the stats.

  36. Brady, BB seem to be going on the defensive when answering questions. It’s thought that a guilty or untruthful man goes on the defensive when answering questions. Mmmmmmmmm?

  37. The big question here is this:

    Does Goodell tell ESPN to print certain things like this for his own (and the owners’, minus Kraft) on selfish agendas?

    What about the Walkthrough tape lie on the eve of SB42? Was Goodell and the NFL offices, Jon Tomase’s “source”?

    Hmmmm.

    Or, is this just ESPN working on its own two feet. Did anyone ever ask Chris Mortensen if he was TOLD to print the 11/12 balls lie, or if he just did it without corroborating it?

    Who was his source? Mike Kensil, also a formner Jets employee, working on orders from Goodell and Pash?

    If Kraft had not bent over the sink for the Spygate lie and sued the Herald in 2008, making them fire Tomase, none of this would be occuring today, because that would have sent shockwaves through the industry which would have changed the industry with effects lasting YEARS.

    Arrest, try and convict Roger Goodell.

  38. directdriver says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:03 am
    Why does Belichick even need to be friends with the commissioner? He’s a coach who wins football games!

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    If other coaches thought there was truth to that at all we would see a huge outcry. I would nit blame them either.

  39. crush22 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Really?
    We are in the middle of the playoffs and this is all you can talk about?
    Move on.

    translation: “I hate the Pats and wish this stuff were true but I’m smart enough to know it’s not”

    good job

  40. No surprise they are buddies, Goodell destroyed the Saints team for much less than the Pats did and then suspended Sean Peyton for a yr because he should have known what was going on in the locker room, Bill directs what was going on in his locker room and only gets a fine….

  41. reddzen says:
    January 9, 2018 at 11:24 am
    I know Patriots Fan Talk will have a field day with this “revelation.” Anything to avoid that this story didn’t come from nowhere. “Good friends” is a euphemism used in business all the time. I am “friends” with few people in my organizations, but I have certainly been referred to as one by dozens if not hundreds of people in it over the course of my career. As a professional, my answer would be the same as BBs…we have a professional relationship.

    And whether the meeting was last week or last year is immaterial. Who cares. That doesn’t change the thrust of the story.

    Immaterial? Thrust of the story? So even though they come out and admit lying, you’re sticking with that version? Yeah, let’s not deal with facts when we can make assumptions based on lies.

  42. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    January 9, 2018 at 9:59 am
    All I know is I seen Kraft at the Rams Falcons game glad handing Rodger ,,,a game Kraft had no business being at let alone right with Rodger !
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    Robert Kraft will do anything to help Stan Kroenke establish a solid franchise in LA. That IS ABSOLUTELY the business of the Krafts and the NFL. That market is crucial and the other owners handpicked Kroenke because they knew he was committed to building an amazing stadium and turning the Rams around.

  43. Breaking news… TMZ in negotiations to buy ESPN. I read it somewhere. I wrote it down then read it.

    That is all that on needed to be an ESPN “journalist”

  44. I can think of at least 4 teams, this season alone, that would beg to differ. His favoritism towards New England is sickening.

  45. One GREAT thing Trump did … exposed the Fake News! These people need to be held accountable … fire them and lock them up.

  46. BSPN is grasping at straws trying to stir the pot. They are the sick man of the sports mediots and it is sad that they are taking the TMZ approach to journalism. I think I’d believe Miko Grimes before I’d lend any credence to anything out of Bristol.

  47. why does espn say “we stand behind this story” after it has so clearly been debunked?

    goodell does the same thing, where he gets caught lying, and then doubles down as if he is untouchable.

    espn just got caught and then doubled down, so does this mean goodell is ordering his 13billion dollar partner to double down, hence why so brazenly doubled down by saying “we stand by our story”?

    is it the same thing where goodell told chris mortensen that 11/12 balls were egregiously under-inflated and mortensen magically forgot his “journalism” degree just at that time, after the nfl acknowledged that the report was incorrect and they told the pats they knew it to be incorrect, promising to have espn correct the “mistake” aka lie?

    is it like that?
    is it like the spygate lies and the walkthrough tape lie too?

    lmao

  48. The fact that the Bills, Titans, and Jags were all playoff teams from 1 conference is alarming. None of those teams are good and would barely even sniff the playoff chase most years.

  49. directdriver says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:03 am
    Why does Belichick even need to be friends with the commissioner? He’s a coach who wins football games!
    =========================================

    Should any coach be good friends with the commissioner? It would be strange to read stories about, for example, Mike Zimmer vacationing with Goodell in the offseason, Todd Bowles calling him regularly to exchange funny stories or Goodell visiting Dan Quinn to hang out during the bye week.

    I would expect all head coaches to have a professional relationship with the commissioner, but being “good friends” with him is a bizarre claim, since it opens the door for charges of favoritism, access to inside information, etc.

  50. keiselsbeard says:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    I can think of at least 4 teams, this season alone, that would beg to differ. His favoritism towards New England is sickening.

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    Well if we’re going that way I know a Carolina team that was hand carried into field goal range by the refs at teh end of the game vs NE.

  51. If Wicker-Sham swears by the reports, then someone has to have video of the 2 meeting last week. So show it sham. Your story is falling apart.

  52. Does ESPN just make stuff up? The 11 out of 12 Footballs being below 10.5PSI was bad enough.

    How do they have any credibility left?

  53. All this team does is lie and deny. Everything involved with this sleezebag cheating organization is a lie. Zero legitimacy, all asterisks

  54. evilhoodyshoody says:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    crush22 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Really?
    We are in the middle of the playoffs and this is all you can talk about?
    Move on.

    translation: “I hate the Pats and wish this stuff were true but I’m smart enough to know it’s not”

    good job
    ____________
    Actually I was sticking up for the Pats because this is a non-issue and ESPN should be ashamed for such shoddy reporting.

    Good job.

  55. Was there an all-media memo sent out requesting they all print lies and fabricate stories in order to desensitize the public to shoddy reporting? The media in this country must have all taken a page from the National Inquirer handbook. Doesn’t matter if the story is true, so long ad people tend to trust the source. It is beyond ridiculous. What’s worse? Judging by people’s reactions to such misinformation and false reporting, people believe the lies. The forth estate is corrupt from top to bottom. The global, leftist elite has infiltrated the media.

  56. Dysfunction and the Patriots two words I thought I would never hear together. I would love this to be true as a Dolphin fan, but as we are experts on the subject I feel dysfunction is too strong a word. But we all know what the gutter press are like, if they were not in the media they would be sniffing around people’s garbage like the rats they are.

  57. Who isn’t rooting for Tennessee? This would be a great ending…..and I mean end. Because if wheel chair Tommy thinks he will win next season…oh boy..time hits you hard

  58. Sounds like there were many pieces of the BSPN article that weren’t true, which begs the question, why publish an article like that with no sourcing? Is that even a story? Or just another made up piece of self promotion for BSPN ?

  59. kenmasters34 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Does ESPN just make stuff up? The 11 out of 12 Footballs being below 10.5PSI was bad enough.

    How do they have any credibility left?

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    therman merman 99 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    All this team does is lie and deny. Everything involved with this sleezebag cheating organization is a lie. Zero legitimacy, all asterisks
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    Morons. That’s how.

  60. jackedupboonie says:
    January 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Who isn’t rooting for Tennessee?
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    I’m not.

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