LeGarrette Blount doesn’t deny that he tried to get back to New England

AP

One of the main non-#DeflateGate questions this week relates to whether any sort of winking and/or nodding occurred in connection running back LeGarrette Blount’s release from the Steelers and return to the Patriots.

Carolyn Manno of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk asked Blount directly — and pointedly — about whether Blount is bothered by the suspicion that he tried to get fired by the Steelers in November, paving the way for his return to New England.

“No it doesn’t bother me, people are going to assume what they are going to assume, I can’t change their minds,” Blount said.

“Are they right?” Manno asked.

“It doesn’t matter.”

“But it does matter,” Manno replied.

“Why does it matter?”

“Because if they’re right then that wouldn’t have been allowed.”

“It doesn’t matter,” Blount said. “People don’t know what they are taking about they just know what they think and everyone is entitled to their opinion whether it’s right or wrong.”

That’s hardly a convincing denial from Blount, who would have been wiser to say that he passed through waivers after he was released and any team could have claimed him and no one did. Instead, three teams made waiver claims for running back Ben Tate, who’d been released by the Browns the same day.

If it was a scam, it was perfectly executed. Blount quit on the Steelers one day after Patriots running back Jonas Gray torched the Colts for 201 yards, creating the clear impression that the Patriots would have no desire to reunite with Blount.

44 responses to “LeGarrette Blount doesn’t deny that he tried to get back to New England

  1. The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley ….but sometimes they totally work out. Doesn’t mean it was a conspiracy. Just sometimes you want something to happen and it happens. Who wouldn’t want to play for the greatest organization in all of pro sports?

  2. shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 29, 2015 8:16 PM
    Just some more shady dealings involving the Patriots. Look for anyone that points out a fact to be labeled as a Hater.
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    “Shady” is an opinion. Wouldn’t expect some inbred halfwit to know that, though.

  3. Aside from against the defensive-challenged Colts, Blount has been used sparingly by the Patriots. Wouldn’t be a surprise if he seldom touches the ball against Seattle. Marshawn Lynch he is not.

  4. Let’s see…Blount cleared waivers where 30 teams had a shot at him before the Patriots and no one took him, making him a free agent to sign where he chooses who offers him a contract. Jim is right, no wonder Marshawn doesn’t want to talk to any of you, stop trying to make a story out of nothing…

  5. Aside from against the defensive-challenged Colts, Blount has been used sparingly by the Patriots. Wouldn’t be a surprise if he seldom touches the ball against Seattle. Marshawn Lynch he is not.

    Iam sure it’s Big Ben’s fault …right?

    Blount’s running was a decoy as to what will happen Sunday but don’t blame Ben.

  6. He didn’t accept nor deny the allegations plus he still could have been claimed by 31 other teams. Keep the tin foil hats on media members. No wonder Lynch hates you guys.

  7. I bet Blount would rather play for a team that won all 3 of its titles fair and square and has a decent shot at a 4th.

    The Steelers have 6 tainted titles, 4 from PED Cheating and 2 from the refs, so in reality their “dynasty” and “titles” are all worthless.

    Can’t say I blame him. I’d do the same thing.

  8. It was Pittsburgh’s choice to make. They didn’t appreciate having him on their team because he didn’t conform to their expectations whatever those expectations were, and if there was any reason to be concerned with his joining another team, then they would have held onto his rights. They didn’t value the player as being part of their team and they didn’t mind him joining another team. He didn’t resign from the team, they kicked him off the club.

    Every team in the league had a fair opportunity to consider extending him an invite, thus there shouldn’t be anything to complain about. New England didn’t claim him probably because they naturally assumed he would be claimed. He wound up in the right spot, because this is the only team that gave him a shot (after Pittsburgh determined it wasn’t working out and couldn’t or didn’t want to make it work).

  9. There may potentially have been some tampering involved involving him forcing his release, but as pointed out, he was free to be picked up on waivers by any team.

  10. Give the media nothing, in all fairness Blount probably didnt know he passed through waivers. NE called and he said right on, there is a saying you snooze you loose, but some people will say Belicheck used Jedi mind tricks smdh.

  11. The colts were in on this too!!!
    For years they planned on having a subpar run defense with the sole intent of reuniting Blount with the patriots!!!

  12. Blount went to the patriots for two reasons. The first is much like Brady (who wasn’t even good enough to start at Michigan) and every other patriot player….their not good if they can’t play for a team that cheats. Second to escape penalty for getting busted with pot because as we all know things with the patriits get swept under the rug or evidence is destroyed.

  13. I don’t understand why he must deny it, even if it’s not true. Just because a journalist asks does not mean a person has to answer. This type of journalistic behavior is exactly why Marshawn Lynch doesn’t talk to any of you.

  14. It’s a good thing these young men have 40-50 year old paragons of virtue and wisdom to tell them how unwise they are being with their actions. Without media day, they might never have a chance to allow you to make good money to tell them how unwise and foolish their statements are.

  15. shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 29, 2015 8:16 PM
    Just some more shady dealings involving the Patriots. Look for anyone that points out a fact to be labeled as a Hater.
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    He cleared waivers… you win clown on the day award!

  16. No team was going to claim this guy off waivers. He was a known trouble maker who had been busted for pot earlier in year, was a bad influence on team-mates, and had walked off the field on his team.

  17. I bet Blount would rather play for a team that won all 3 of its titles fair and square and has a decent shot at a 4th.

    The Steelers have 6 tainted titles, 4 from PED Cheating and 2 from the refs, so in reality their “dynasty” and “titles” are all worthless.

    Can’t say I blame him. I’d do the same thing.

    I liked bedtime stories when I was a child so I suggest you grow up troll or provide some evidence.

  18. It doesn’t matter, because he cleared waivers. He’s saying he doesn’t need to placate you idiot media chaps. Figure it out for yourselves. The idea is ludicrous.

  19. On the other hand, maybe he’s just tired of dealing with ill-mannered and conspiratorial journalists, and he’s just not going to be all that cooperative. After what the Patriots have been through, I would be hesitant to talk to anybody from the media. So to him, “it doesn’t matter.”

  20. brazzz01 says:
    Jan 29, 2015 8:40 PM
    I bet Blount would rather play for a team that won all 3 of its titles fair and square and has a decent shot at a 4th.

    The Steelers have 6 tainted titles, 4 from PED Cheating and 2 from the refs, so in reality their “dynasty” and “titles” are all worthless.

    Can’t say I blame him. I’d do the same thing.
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    I love the Pats…but there is nothing tainted about the Steeler’s SB wins… most Pats fan wouldn’t appreciate this ignorance.

  21. Cheating has been so deeply incorporated in NE management philosophy/policy, that nobody sees any thing wrong with deflating balls, conducting illegal trades, cleaning snow off of fields so they can kick field goal, confusing oponents and ref”s with confusing elligible/inelligible WR’s, using tuck rule to protect primma-donna QB’s, or any other tactic that allows them to win.

  22. We patriots can’t hear you because sound doesn’t travel very well through the THREE RINGS.

    Further, there isn’t one team in the NFL that doesn’t have issues whether it be beating the snot out of wives, girlfriends, PEDs, Adderall, HGH, DUI’s, owners in Rehab, Owners tampering with players, implicated in truck stop refund scandals, shootings, stabbings, date rapes, whiney coaches who kvetch at refs, coaches who bump into players on the field, special teams coaches who form barriers on the sidelines to block gunners, communications going down, overheated or underheated locker rooms, stickum, you name it, it happens. No team is clean in this league.

    But one thing is certain, players play on the field, it’s the offense’s job to score points and the defense’s job to stop the offense, and like it or not, the Patriots legitimately beat the pants off their opponents fair and square. Seattle too.

    The game is won on the field. Hate all you want but Patriots are 3 and 2 on the field and aboot to become 4-2.

  23. Blount should probably just stick to reciting random selected passages from “Through the Looking Glass” now & from here on out …

  24. Who cares! Pats are about to lose yet another Super Bowl.. Seahawks are just to good. THREE RINGS?? Come talk when the get 6.

  25. True or not if it did happen no one would be surprised by the move . Just look who is involved . Enough said.

  26. yahdoood says:
    Jan 30, 2015 12:04 AM
    The game is won on the field. Hate all you want but Patriots are 3 and 2 on the field and aboot to become 4-2.

    I know you have only been a fan since Brady showed up but the Pats have lost FOUR Super Bowls

  27. Super Bowl XX (1-26-86) — Chicago 46, New England 10.
    Super Bowl XXXI (1-26-97) — Green Bay 35, New England 21.
    Super Bowl XLII (2-3-08) — New York Giants 17, New England 14.
    Super Bowl XLVI (2-5-12) — New York Giants 21, New England 17.

  28. You never put that all together because it is nonsensical. Maybe it could happen on a carefully written fictional television show. Veronica Mars comes to mind. But not a chance in real life.

  29. j huber says:
    Jan 29, 2015 10:45 PM
    Cheating has been so deeply incorporated in NE management philosophy/policy, that nobody sees any thing wrong with deflating balls, conducting illegal trades, cleaning snow off of fields so they can kick field goal, confusing oponents and ref”s with confusing elligible/inelligible WR’s, using tuck rule to protect primma-donna QB’s, or any other tactic that allows them to win.

    Another sore loser checking in…..

  30. He passed through waivers unclaimed. That fact alone ends the discussion. Nothing shady going on here…THIS TIME. HA! If any media member is going to speculate about this, then they should be drawing parallels with Pete Carroll leaving USC before the NCAA dropped the hammer.

  31. tinytoolalldrool says:
    How does this feel Steeler fans?
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    It actually feels great. I know my team has a moral compass and won’t lower their standards they have just to win. Who’s your team again tiny?

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