Only one Patriots player spoke on locker-cleanout day

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The Patriots returned to Massachusetts not as Super Bowl victors for the sixth time but as runners-up for the fifth. As they cleaned out their lockers and exited the facility for the finally time of the 2017-18 season, only one player spoke to the media.

Via NBC Sports Boston, it was defensive lineman Eric Lee. The rest of the players had nothing to say.

As noted by the report, safety Devin McCourty politely declined. Cornerback Johnson Bademosi opted for something a little more salty.

“I ain’t got nothing for you,” Bademosi said. “I don’t owe you guys sh-t.”

Two years ago, fans and reporters pounced on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for making a quick exit from his press conference after a loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50. That happened only minutes after the loss; the Patriots players had a full day to process their disappointment before opting not to conclude the season with one last batch of comments for reporters.

Maybe they were hoping to avoid questions about the curious benching of cornerback Malcolm Butler. Maybe they were discouraged from talking. Maybe they still couldn’t process the fact that they’d lost a game most believed they’d win.

Regardless, there was — and likely will be — no further explanation from Patriots players regarding the last game of a season that nearly ended in yet another Super Bowl win.

44 responses to “Only one Patriots player spoke on locker-cleanout day

  1. What does the media expect them to say? Let them play the game and answer questions at press conferences. Why does the press need to ask them their thoughts every step of the way? They’re saying goodbye to some of their friends and teammates. It’s an emotional day. Give them some space.

  2. You know I could sit here and rub salt into the patriots’ wounds but I won’t.
    The patriots played a hell of a game, so did the eagles. All in all, it was a very entertaining game.
    Years ago when I played basketball I preferred to be badly beaten than to lose the close ones. It’s within your grasp and then taken away. Those were always the toughest loses.
    It’s just a game.

  3. Brady is one of the worst losers of all-time.

    He has set an example that is being copied by the rest of the cheaters.

  4. Sore losers. I get it, you figured the refs would have gifted you the game on the final drive. But when no phantom PI was called and the realization sank in that Kraft’s check to the officials was not cashed you got angry.

  5. So not only does Brady run right off the field and not shake Nick Foles hand but now his team has followed suit and decided they don’t want to be bothered as well. Bunch of stuck up primadonnas. No wonder everybody outside of New England hates their guts

  6. Maybe they knew the dumb questions the media would ask: “how do you feel about losing the SB?” and “What can you tell us about the Butler situation?”

    Well I can 100% answer for them: “bad” & “nothing”.

  7. Well, here, I can help with the interview:
    “We’ll just work the process. You gotta keep working at getting better. Just stay focused. Get better every day. Believe in yourself and your teammates. Just keep getting better. One day at a time. Just keep working the process. Move on from last play, last game. Just get better every day. There’s no yesterday, there’s only tomorrow. Just keep getting better every day, every week.”
    And you can print that!

  8. Seriously
    These guys read too much of their own press.
    It was a two horse race and they thought they should dominate
    their avg SB win is about 3 points

    The Eagles were 4th in Defense and 7th in Offense
    The Patriots were 1st in offense but 29th in Defense

    Just because the bookies say it doesn’t mean its true
    They put lines to make sure flows are even

    So they walk off, into the night, .500 in the big game

    Sulking like their QB and Coach

    I sure hope the AFC doesn’t improve or this will be the last of them
    in the brady era

  9. The Patriots are not runners up for anything. A runner up is a second place team. The Patriots may have risen to the top of the AFC, but there’s no evidence they could have beaten the Vikings or many other NFC teams. And they certainly couldn’t beat the Eagles.

  10. Considering that they already answered questions after the superbowl, this was fishing expedition, pure and simple. I’m glad they lost, but c’mon man. It’s over.

  11. “The Patriots are not runners up for anything.” This is just dumb logic. The Eagles aren’t Super Bowl champs because there’s no evidence that they would have beaten the Chiefs if they made it to the championship. Teams play who’s on their schedule.

  12. nbptma1 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Cheap shot comparing to Cam Newton as many of the players answered questions after the Super Bowl

    **************

    Exactly right. The players fulfilled their media obligations and they don’t have to do more than that. Especially on locker cleanout day, which is a time for guys to do their business and say their goodbyes.

  13. Oh great. Now the Patriots’ fans will be running around screaming “We’ve gaught 5 rings and 5 runnah up trophies!”

  14. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    February 6, 2018 at 8:46 am
    The Patriots are not runners up for anything. A runner up is a second place team. The Patriots may have risen to the top of the AFC, but there’s no evidence they could have beaten the Vikings or many other NFC teams. And they certainly couldn’t beat the Eagles.

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    Yeah but they’re awesome or something because they can win the AFC Least division every year.

    Don’t waste your time Pats fans defending your division cause I’ll just laugh at whatever you have to say. Your division stinks and the free playoff berths and byes you get from being in that division with its lack of QBs and inept coaching over the years made you look far better than you really are.

  15. Posters on here love dragging Cam Newton’s name through the mud. Tom didn’t shake hands with Nick Foles, is he also classless? He also gave away the key turnover in the game, something you guys pounced on Cam for doing a few Super Bowls back if my memory serves me correctly. And don’t try to compare apples to oranges, you wouldn’t have dove for that fumble either.

  16. florio4prez says:
    February 5, 2018 at 11:44 pm
    Brady is one of the worst losers of all-time.

    He has set an example that is being copied by the rest of the cheaters.
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    You have almost two decades of data and countless games to show proof of this? You mean he didn’t run across the field to congratulate Nick Foles at the SB? Pretty sure no one does man, pay attention, season is over and the Eagles players were starting a week long party.

    Dude is as professional as they come, taking blame when they lose and deflecting praise when they win. You guys are pathetic.

  17. Braz says:

    Yeah but they’re awesome or something because they can win the AFC Least division every year.

    Don’t waste your time Pats fans defending your division cause I’ll just laugh at whatever you have to say. Your division stinks and the free playoff berths and byes you get from being in that division with its lack of QBs and inept coaching over the years made you look far better than you really are.
    ——-
    You can say it aloud and type it as many times as you want but the stats say otherwise. What do you use as proof? Brady has an almost equal winning percentage outside the division as in it.

    And what division does YOUR team play in that is stacked with HOF QBs and HOF coaches?

  18. youngnoizecom says:
    February 6, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Posters on here love dragging Cam Newton’s name through the mud. Tom didn’t shake hands with Nick Foles, is he also classless? He also gave away the key turnover in the game, something you guys pounced on Cam for doing a few Super Bowls back if my memory serves me correctly. And don’t try to compare apples to oranges, you wouldn’t have dove for that fumble either.

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    Peyton Manning didn’t shake Brees’s hand either after Super Bowl 44, he communicated to him in private afterward. Guys like Brady and Manning know that it’s the champs turn to take the spotlight and the losers need to just leave. These guys know it shouldn’t be about the losers and they’re right.

    If I don’t see that on the field it doesn’t bother me that much. Most of these guys are pros and they know what needs to be done. I would hope Brady reached out to Foles in private and I’m sure he did.

  19. youngnoizecom says:
    February 6, 2018 at 11:01 am
    Posters on here love dragging Cam Newton’s name through the mud. Tom didn’t shake hands with Nick Foles, is he also classless? He also gave away the key turnover in the game, something you guys pounced on Cam for doing a few Super Bowls back if my memory serves me correctly. And don’t try to compare apples to oranges, you wouldn’t have dove for that fumble either.
    ——-
    Players don’t typically run across the field after the SB, mainly head coaches. SB is different than other games believ it or not.
    And one only needs a set of working eyes to see the difference between Cam Newton and Brady. Your last line says it all; it’s apples to oranges.

  20. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    February 6, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Braz says:

    Yeah but they’re awesome or something because they can win the AFC Least division every year.

    Don’t waste your time Pats fans defending your division cause I’ll just laugh at whatever you have to say. Your division stinks and the free playoff berths and byes you get from being in that division with its lack of QBs and inept coaching over the years made you look far better than you really are.
    ——-
    You can say it aloud and type it as many times as you want but the stats say otherwise. What do you use as proof? Brady has an almost equal winning percentage outside the division as in it.

    And what division does YOUR team play in that is stacked with HOF QBs and HOF coaches?

    —-
    Why on earth would that matter? Ad hominem much?

    The last time the AFC Least was the AFC East was when Pete Carroll was NE coach. The Patriots were also a decent team at the time but nothing special. Coincidence?

  21. ronfai says:
    February 5, 2018 at 10:14 pm
    Classless losers. Dueces.

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    Guys can be pissed about losing… come on.

    The Eagles played a great game and won. Patriots won 2 of the last 4 and 3 of the last 4 AFC Championships.

    They are doing ok, but nobody is happy to lose the Super Bowl, particularly defensive players that completely stunk.

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