Speaking publicly to reporters this week, Bill Belichick said he was disappointed that some owners don’t want to spend the money to put cameras on the sidelines and goal lines to give referees better angles on replay reviews. Speaking privately to his colleagues, Belichick reportedly let loose with a much more obscene version of the same message.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Belichick went off on a tirade about the issue in a closed-door meeting, saying he was angry that the league — with its billions of dollars a year in revenue — isn’t willing to pay the price to make the officiating better.
“They were in a meeting the other day with Dean Blandino, the head of the officials, and Bill Belichick got up there, and in profane language, told the NFL: ‘We spend money to send the Pro Bowl to Brazil, we spend money to go overseas to London, but we can’t spend money to have four cameras in the end zone, four cameras to help determine the correct call in the end zone on certain plays?’ He went off, and the way it was explained to me, from people in the room at the time, they were laughing at it because his language was so profane and because he was so incensed about it, and the NFL didn’t know how to handle it. But the bottom line is, they did not introduce the four cameras in the end zone, they thought right now it’s too cost-prohibitive for the NFL even, and they don’t know how to do it. They’ll probably continue to look at this, but Bill Belichick left these owners’ meetings not particularly happy,” Schefter said on Olbermann.
Belichick isn’t going to make many friends that way, but he’s right that if additional cameras would make officiating better, the NFL should spend the money. The billionaire owners can afford it.
UPDATE 7:08 p.m. ET: Three sources who were in the room tell PFT there was no profane tirade from Belichick.