Julian Edelman on Antonio Brown incident: “That’s how that team is run”

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In the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live misadventures, most of the attention has centered on why Brown would do it and what the Steelers plan to do about something that conflicts so sharply with the behaviors from other teams, including the typically buttoned-up New England Patriots.

While addressing the situation earlier this week, one Patriots player was perhaps not as buttoned up as his own coach would want him to be.

“Hey, people have different rules,” receiver Julian Edelman said on WEEI in Boston. “That’s how that team is run. I personally don’t think that would be something that would happen in our locker room. But, hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses, whatever.”

The full context of Edelman’s quote takes some of the sting out of the “that’s how that team is run” line. But the overriding message is clear: Players on some teams would do something like this, and players on other teams would not.

Patriots players wouldn’t. Because Patriots players know, either instinctively or through hearing it repeatedly from coaches and teammates, that the consequences would be swift and severe. Bolstering that message are examples that arise when, for example, a guy shows up late for work in a blizzard. And promptly is sent home.

In plenty of other cities, things are much looser. And through that looseness comes the opportunity for a guy to decide, due to exuberance or otherwise, to do something really, really stupid. The challenge for every coach is to be smart enough to spot the guys who would do something really, really stupid and come up with a way to keep that from happening.

In New England’s case, the fact that Edelman actually said something neither boring nor robotic about the Pittsburgh situation probably is enough to get him in trouble with Bill Belichick. Which proves the broader point that none of the Patriots players would do what Antonio Brown did.

147 responses to “Julian Edelman on Antonio Brown incident: “That’s how that team is run”

  1. Stay in line, do your job, win championships. Yeah, that’s hard to understand isn’t it?

  2. I feel like 31 other teams are run like this. Hate Belichick, but he sure does run a tight (and incredibly successful) ship.

  3. didn’t Edelman grab some poor young girl at a party. Didn’t Edelman get “selfied” by a girl when he was passed out. I guess that’s how the pats do it…………… Oh yea they also cheat

  4. It was pretty innocuous if you heard the whole interview. He definitely prefers The Patriot Way, but doesn’t necessarily imply one way is better than another. Brown is probably better served on a Tomlin team than a Belichick team anyway.

  5. Yeah, he’s going to get a talking to about that. Or maybe he will be kept off the field for the first series like Welker was for that hilarious Rex Ryan foot fetish press conference.

  6. As opposed to a team caught cheating twice, hired Blount & FLoyd to lead their offense and post-game parties. Has a QB who left his wife for another woman. Has a TE in jail for murder. A team that preaches loyalty but trades its good players on a whim. Edelman is a punk with little man syndrome.

  7. Players on some teams would do something like this, and players on other teams would not… until they do

  8. Nothing inflammatory in Edleman’s comments, whether in context or by itself.

    The real loser in this is Tomlin and his colorful shenanigans.

    The happiest person in this has to be Joey Porter who doesn’t have to answer questions about why he was yelling the KC DB after the game or being drunk the week before.

  9. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Some people need to cheat, some people play fair.

  10. Yah, his team doesn’t do that in the locker room but HIS team goes to the opposing teams practice field and videotapes their practices….that we all know….such angels they are in New England

  11. This is the biggest non story of the year.

    As a Patriots fan, I wasn’t the slightest bit offended by what Coach Tomlin said. Guys run their mouths constantly having fun, it’s all BS. Happens in offices, on jobsites and obviously in locker rooms.

    The media needs to quit trying to find a story that doesn’t exist.

  12. If Belichick punishes Edelman for speaking out by sitting him for any time in next Sunday’s game, Brown’s live stream will have been well worth it.

  13. Brown is a great football player. But its been pretty unfortunate watching him go from a hard working young player who greatly overachieved his projections to well on his way to Onchocinco/TO/MeShawn clown status.

  14. .
    Edelman is correct. When Tom Coughlin ran the Giants, team meetings began 5 minutes before the scheduled time. On the Jets, team meetings were optional.
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  15. Everyone knows both these teams hate each other whether its streamed live or not.

    I’m sure Belichick has some choice words in private about every team they face. Every head coach does.

    This incident became boring about 2 minutes after it came out.

  16. I miss the old days when the sport was the talking piece and the game on the field was the focus.

  17. “didn’t Edelman grab some poor young girl at a party.”

    No he didn’t. He was accused of doing so in a bar and the security video showed he never did any such thing.

    I’m sure you knew that though, and just took an opportunity to smear him because you don’t like the team.

  18. Before everyone gets their panties in a bunch, I don’t think Edelman meant anything offensive by what he said. AB did something really stupid and selfish. We know ALL teams do stupid things including the Patriots. Nothing to see here. It’s just the media stirring the pot.

    A lifelong Steelers fan.

  19. Bill sat Welker at the beginning of a playoff game that they lost because he broke the rules. The Pats players know that no one will get a pass for doing that.

  20. typically buttoned-up New England Patriots

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    No kidding, the only reason the buttoned-up organization cut Hernandez was because he was being led out of his mansion in handcuffs, yeah, but let’s pretend that they are the epitome of class while the other 31 teams are garbage.

  21. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:50 AM
    Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Some people need to cheat, some people play fair.

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    One team has coaches that attempt to alter the game by personally taking the field. The other does not. Do with this what you will.

  22. If the Steelers win, the Pats will congratulate them and just say they got outplayed and best team won etc, but if the Pats win Tomlin will falsely claim the Pats messed his comms and “Big” Ben will falsely claim the Pats did an illegal goal-line shift, just like the last time the Steelers lost. Because Belichick’s a classy guy and Trip is a classless foul-mouthed sore-losing cheerleader.

  23. ctiggs says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:36 AM

    didn’t Edelman grab some poor young girl at a party.

    No he didn’t. Look it up, if you are curious.

  24. steelerfanjo says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:41 AM
    As opposed to a team caught cheating twice, hired Blount & FLoyd to lead their offense and post-game parties. Has a QB who left his wife for another woman. Has a TE in jail for murder. A team that preaches loyalty but trades its good players on a whim. Edelman is a punk with little man syndrome.

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    There is so much wrong in this statement, but to correct one thing, Brady broke it off with his girlfriend to date and later marry is only wife.

  25. Drafting a gang banger turned convicted killer because he was good draft value.. Getting caught cheating multiple times.. Yeah, the almighty “Patriot Way.” Get off your high horse. Your franchise has flaws just like every other franchise.

  26. I’m not sure why Steelers fans are so mad at JE11. They should be happy this morning. Haven’t they heard? Martavis Bryant is clean and on a mission.

  27. Julie your just like him but it’s ok to head butt people I hope someone lights you up when you catch your 3 yard pass over the middle

  28. All the posters who still don’t understand 7th grade science are posting today, yet since Pittsburgh had footballs under the regulation in the Giants game , one would think they would finally admit there was no ” cheating “!

  29. steelerfanjo says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:41 AM
    As opposed to a team caught cheating twice, hired Blount & FLoyd to lead their offense and post-game parties. Has a QB who left his wife for another woman. Has a TE in jail for murder. A team that preaches loyalty but trades its good players on a whim. Edelman is a punk with little man syndrome.
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    squealerfan managed to get just about everything wrong!
    NE “cheated” once. All it was was 1 camera a few feet out of position for about 20 minutes of a single game. It was such an insignificant deal, that the many teams that have been caught doing it since receive little/no punishment.

    Your starting running back misses the 1st few games of every season because the dope likes the dope. You also have another fool who’s been out all year and just asked to be reinstated!

    Yes, the TE is in jail. NE cut Hernandez before he was even arrested. Pittsburgh gave a serial rapist a contract extension.

    NE trades players who don’t follow the rules. Jones showed up at a police station in his underwear, high on synthetic weed. Gone. Collins wouldn’t follow his assignments and would freelance. Gone. You have players and coaches constantly embarrassing themselves, their teammates, their organization, and their city. Mike Triplin, Joey Porter, Harrison, etc. Yeah loyalty…Rooney would have kept Hernandez just like Baltimore kept Lewis.

    Brady had already broken up with girlfriend, Bridget, before hooking up with Gisele.

    After this weekend’s game, you’ll have plenty of time on your hands to get your facts correct.

  30. See my comments to each of r points, below.

    As opposed to a team caught cheating twice

    Explain to me how they were caught cheating?

    hired Blount & FLoyd to lead their offense and post-game parties.

    Post game parties??? Really?? Where???

    Has a QB who left his wife for another woman.

    Gissell is Tom’s first wife.

    Has a TE in jail for murder.

    Right. No crystal balls at that signing.

    A team that preaches loyalty but trades its good players on a whim.

    I assure you that it is well thought out first. Just like other teams.

    Edelman is a punk with little man syndrome

    If he didn’t play for us, I would probably love to hate him. He is awesome.

  31. This edelman dude has no idea what he’s talking about. The Steelers are not run like this, its just what AB decided to do on his own in the spur of the moment. It has nothing to do with how the organization runs the team.

  32. “Stay in line, do your job, win championships. Yeah, that’s hard to understand isn’t it?”

    Championship, singular. The first three were a product of cheating, and should have been rescinded by the league.

  33. kcchefs58 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:56 AM
    The Patriots have been caught cheating twice and Jules wants to talk about how another team is run?
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    Name me a team that hasn’t broken the rules, a.k.a. cheating, twice. Come on. Money where your mouth is time.

  34. Nothing more hilarious that Steeler fans accusing the Patriots of cheating. Please. You guys wrote the book on cheating. PEDs, tripping players, stealing signals, deflated footballs, sexual assault, etc. Not to mention your coach is a sub-par cheerleader who whines more then the Harbaugh brothers combined. Time to get off your high horse.

  35. Scenario:

    If Belichick owned the team/GM, and Tomlin was our head coach would the facespacw and mybook rubbish happen?! NOPE!

    Some organizations are loose and work that way. Rex Ryan is apparently one hell of a motivational speaker, but when things go south, watch out. All it takes is 1 losing season, and cracks will begin to show.

  36. stiffarm13 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:50 AM
    Yah, his team doesn’t do that in the locker room but HIS team goes to the opposing teams practice field and videotapes their practices….that we all know….such angels they are in New England
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    No, we all don’t know that. What we do know is that report was recanted as being blatantly false. Apparently in this new day and age actual facts mean nothing. Just make something up that fits your narrative. We used to call that lying and was frowned upon.

  37. Hate to put it in these terms, but the shoe fits. Antonio Brown is the Wikileaks in this situation. Mike Tomlin is the Hillary Clinton. All the focus is in the wrong place, on Brown exposing this, even though it was wrong to do. The real discussion should be on Tomlin, who was exposed. What was exposed? The true content of the character of the coach who advertises with that BIG GOLD CROSS around his neck. It’s not that what Tomlin did was that heinous, locker room talk happens all the time. Its not that we haven’t seen Tomlin display lack of character before. But, when you see and hear what someone does in private, integrity, or lack thereof, is exposed. If you are going to advertise your purported faith in the middle of your chest every week for millions to see, don’t be a hypocrite. Example: What would Dungy have said to his players in that locker room? #WWTDD? #integritymatters

  38. This guy sounds like a huge idiot. Not so much what he says but how he says it. He implies he doesn’t care yet went on and on about it and used intelligence zapping gems like saying “whatever” and “is what it is”

    I see he is from California. That does not surprise me given the way the idiot speaks.

  39. How would he know how that team is run? Last time I checked, it was the Pats who had a triple murdered on their roster! Shut up and play ball…cheaters!

  40. Edelman is a pretty lucky guy. First, he will have a nice career for himself before he calls it quits. He owes that solely to the NFL changing it’s rules to help small terrible players like himself. He would never survive if he had to play old school NFL rules. Second, had he been playing 30 years ago the Steelers defense would most likely make sure that he was carted off the field.

  41. All the fake “they cheat” idiots is exactly why most patriots fans would celebrate news of roger goodell getting hit by a bus. This ignorance of the haters fuels our hatred of Goodell. Good thing he won’t be there Sunday, it would not be safe for him, it never will be.

  42. goldback20 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:06 AM
    Says the guy that got his photo taken passed out with a random groupie…
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    I’m curious. Was that selfie taken in the locker room minutes after a playoff game while the head coach was admonishing the team to be cool about using social media??
    No? Huh.

  43. On a side note: Brown is no doubt a young, rich, boisterous, successful good looking dude. Seems like he’s prob a good guy in general but hooooly smokes have you ever seen such preening before? That dude has zero self esteem issues.
    His preening dial was cranked up to 10 for this video and it looked like he was trying hard to push it to 11…almost like he was letting the world down for not giving them more Antonio!

  44. Z”Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Some people need to cheat, some people play fair.”

    One team has been smeared and framed for success, the other currently has their former team doctor under trial for illegally distributing thousands of doses of anabolic steroids and HGH, and that team has never performed like it used to since that doctor was removed from servicing the team.

  45. Welcome to 2017. Where people routinely read a head line, gaining a fragment of information that isn’t even internally true (Says so in the story) at least admitting to wording it to add more “bite”. Digging their foxholes and waging all out war over information that isn’t even true.

  46. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:50 AM

    Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Some people need to cheat, some people play fair.
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    just don’t trip the kick returner.

  47. ctiggs says:

    Jan 18, 2017 8:36 AM

    didn’t Edelman grab some poor young girl at a party. Didn’t Edelman get “selfied” by a girl when he was passed out. I guess that’s how the pats do it…………… Oh yea they also cheat

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    Really? In a dust-up with the Steelers THIS is where ya wanna go? Big Ben’s looking at you saying, “Hey, all due respect, don’t help, thanks.”

  48. Can one of the members of Hatriot Nation explain to me what he said that was so bad?

    Trip Tomlin calls him an ahole and he says teams are run differently but Edelman is the one talking out of line?

    Hatriot Nations’ favorite stadium food: Pretzels.

  49. humpofdc says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:33 AM

    How would he know how that team is run? Last time I checked, it was the Pats who had a triple murdered on their roster! Shut up and play ball…cheaters!
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    Who was cut immediately when charges were pending. Meanwhile, in Baltimore…

  50. Yes, you must take into account the full context. He then added, “Hey, I have to be going now. It’s time to watch illegal video of Steelers practice.”

  51. sclairebear says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:03 AM
    Sure, New England would never tape anybody without their knowledge…wait..what..??
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    New England has never taped anybody without their knowledge, unless they don’t know the rules of the NFL.

    It’s perfectly legal to videotape opposing coaches during a game. Always has been always will be. You just have to do it from the correct spot or you get fined a 1st round draft pick.

  52. peterawrhatred says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:30 AM
    That’s fighting talk where i come from
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    Would that be middle school, by chance?

  53. bvolke says:
    Jan 18, 2017 10:00 AM
    The worst cheating franchise in the history of sports is now the authority on class? Give me a break…

    READ the article and not just the headlines MORON!

  54. Well the click bait headline worked but I should have known there wouldn’t be anything to it. Typical Steeler and Pats fanboys doing their read the headline only whining though. No serious fan of either team could find anything to complain about with the video or Edelman’s vanilla comments. It would be great if the real fans of both teams could engage each other without having to wade through the children’s hour first.

  55. crush22 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:37 AM

    Long Live The *!
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    Well Well, look a Bronco fan out of mourning and back doing what they do best. Should we remind him of the two SB wins the Broncos have that were proven to have been assisted by cheating the salary cap? While we’re at it let’s remind him of the HGH delivered to Manning’s house the year he played out of his mind only to fall off the cliff the next year when the feces hit the fan. It’s nice having you back, always good for a laugh or two.

  56. The Steelers have a long history of trash talking, especially as it relates to the Patriots. Anthony Smith and Ryan Clark trash talked Brady and Brady lit them both up. I don’t think you can ignore the history between these two teams and Edelman shouldn’t be punished for saying something. Belichick might tell him to let up a bit though. It also comes from Tomlin whining and complaining about the Patriots always being up to something. All of the Steelers whining and BS is getting old and tired. I have no problem with Antonio Brown. He only disrespected his coach, not the Patriots like his coach does constantly.

  57. Hey Pittsburgh fans. Your balls were deflated. You’re cheaters, too. That’s the only explanation. Please explain since the giants measured them and they were below the limit.

  58. mikeoxwells says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:54 AM
    What a condescending little puke!
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    Yep, that Tomlin guy is despicable!

  59. scoocha says:

    Edelman is a pretty lucky guy. First, he will have a nice career for himself before he calls it quits. He owes that solely to the NFL changing it’s rules to help small terrible players like himself. He would never survive if he had to play old school NFL rules. Second, had he been playing 30 years ago the Steelers defense would most likely make sure that he was carted off the field.
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    Funny stuff – but Edelman is the same height as your Antonio Brown… All that crap about old school rules and carting off would apply to your Steeler WR as well.

  60. I don’t like Edelman, but I do agree with him on this. The Steelers are a circus team. Do whatever to win. Take a guys head off and then Tomlin pats you on the back for it. That is how Tomlin runs his team. I Hate the pats, but hope they slaughter pissburgh.

  61. I wish Patriots players would stop talking in general. I have a huge admiration for the way that Belichick has adapted and been able to scheme over his tenure, but its all tainted with the memory of him and/or his staff tampering with radio equipment, intercepting defensive signals during opposing team practices, and the deflation of footballs amongst other sketchy and flat out cheating tactics. He has all of his players in this mentality of, “They just hate us because we win.” No, we hate you because you have been caught cheating multiple times and there are at least 2 proven “gate” cases behind that. Edleman is no exception and he certainly is no role model. Hello pot, let me introduce you to kettle.

  62. He basically said: Pitt is a team that is run in a shoddy fashion, way where they may have an insulting comment on another team go public, we are not.

    Uh, Jules, you just insulted another team in public. I think he even realized it a bit when he rambled on about colors. Though, I’m not giving him credit for being that smart.

    Either way, it’s not like either team can claim their way of doing thins is vastly superior. Just look at the past decade.

  63. All Edelman was doing is citing fact. Coaches in this league (most all of them, actually) do not have the type of respect that Belichick has earned from their teams.

    Players in NE do not do what AB did–they just wouldn’t be around very long. Look at the Jamie Collins trade–here’s a talented, young Pro-bowl player who wasn’t taking the coaching seriously and he got traded to Cleveland for a bag of balls. No coach I can think of other than BB would have the guts to do that, much less mid-season during a Super Bowl run.

    Guys like Pete Carroll and Mike Tomlin will never have as disciplined a team as the Patriots for this reason. Ask any player who comes to NE and they’ll tell you–it’s not even close.

  64. icanthink4myself says:
    Jan 18, 2017 10:08 AM
    Hey Pittsburgh fans. Your balls were deflated. You’re cheaters, too. That’s the only explanation. Please explain since the giants measured them and they were below the limit

    Well if you had read the facts about how the Steelers balls never left the chain of custody (the officials) after they were first measured, and deemed to be legal, unlike the Patriots balls, where a ballboy took them into a bathroom, you wouldnt need anything explained to you. I personally think that deflategate was a joke and no tampering of the balls took place,but to try and make the 2 situations seem like an apple to apple comparison is laughable

  65. While Brown was stupid and selfish with his streaming live for Facebook what went on in the locker room after Sunday’s game, Julian Edelman clearly shows his passive / aggressive character. We wouldn’t do it or comment on it, because that’s how we are run as an organization, but clearly yada yada yada. . I myself, as a Steelers’ fan, think Belichek is the bar to which every coach should aspire to. However, the holier than thou attitude coming from some of his players reeks of hypocrisy.

    Here’s hoping that Bud Dupree has Edelman’s number.

  66. Hey Edelmen, you are god damn right that’s how that team is ran. And I wouldn’t have it either other way.

    #6SuperBowls
    #MostPlayersInTheHallOfFame
    #MostChampionshipApperances

    only three coaches since the 60s!! And all have WINNING records and won atleast one super bowl,

    You are in the presence of greatness whenever you play the Black&Gold.

    Patriots usually keep quiet cause opponents are usually inferior to them, not the Steelers. We dwell deep in the Patriots head, don’t believe me, look at a Steelers article half is Patriot fans whining and crying. Have a nice day.

  67. One for the thumb says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:54 AM
    sclairebear says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:03 AM
    Sure, New England would never tape anybody without their knowledge…wait..what..??
    ________________________________________

    New England has never taped anybody without their knowledge, unless they don’t know the rules of the NFL.

    It’s perfectly legal to videotape opposing coaches during a game. Always has been always will be. You just have to do it from the correct spot or you get fined a 1st round draft pick.

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    Here are a few of the biggest takeaways:

    * The Patriots didn’t spy only on the St. Louis Rams before their Super Bowl matchup XXXVI, and the Jets. ESPN alleges that the Patriots videotaped opposing coaches in a whopping 40 games.

    * There’s this paragraph that has some even more damning information:

    “In fact, many former New England coaches and employees insist that the taping of signals wasn’t even the most effective cheating method the Patriots deployed in that era. Several of them acknowledge that during pregame warm-ups, a low-level Patriots employee would sneak into the visiting locker room and steal the play sheet, listing the first 20 or so scripted calls for the opposing team’s offense. (The practice became so notorious that some coaches put out fake play sheets for the Patriots to swipe.) Numerous former employees say the Patriots would have someone rummage through the visiting team hotel for playbooks or scouting reports. Walsh later told investigators that he was once instructed to remove the labels and erase tapes of a Patriots practice because the team had illegally used a player on injured reserve. At Gillette Stadium, the scrambling and jamming of the opponents’ coach-to-quarterback radio line … occurred so often that one team asked a league official to sit in the coaches’ box during the game and wait for it to happen. Sure enough, on a key third down, the headset went out.”

    * How, exactly, was Patriots employee Matt Estrella caught by the NFL? Thanks to Jets head coach Eric Mangini, during a 2007 game against the Patriots, Estrella was watched by Jets security while he “held a camera and wore a polo shirt with a taped-over Patriots logo under a red media vest that said: NFL PHOTOGRAPHER 138.” When the NFL was told about what Estrella was doing, he was busted and taken away, his tape confiscated and sent to NFL headquarters.

    * Speaking of the tapes: There have been reports the NFL destroyed them. Here’s what ESPN reports:

    “The Patriots told the league officials they possessed eight tapes containing game footage along with a half-inch-thick stack of notes of signals and other scouting information belonging to [Patriots football research director Ernie] Adams, Glaser says. The league officials watched portions of the tapes. Goodell was contacted, and he ordered the tapes and notes to be destroyed, but the Patriots didn’t want any of it to leave the building, arguing that some of it was obtained legally and thus was proprietary. So in a stadium conference room, Pash and the other NFL executives stomped the videotapes into small pieces and fed Adams’ notes into a shredder, [Kraft Group VP Robyn] Glaser says. She recalls picking up the shards of plastic from the smashed Beta tapes off the floor and throwing them away.”

    * Here’s what the Patriots said regarding Tuesday’s report:

    “The New England Patriots have never filmed or recorded another team’s practice or walkthrough. The first time we ever heard of such an accusation came in 2008, the day before Super Bowl XLII, when the Boston Herald reported an allegation from a disgruntled former employee. That report created a media firestorm that extended globally and was discussed incessantly for months. It took four months before that newspaper retracted its story and offered the team a front and back page apology for the damage done. Clearly, the damage has been irreparable. As recently as last month, over seven years after the retraction and apology was issued, ESPN issued the following apology to the Patriots for continuing to perpetuate the myth: ‘On two occasions in recent weeks, SportsCenter incorrectly cited a 2002 report regarding the New England Patriots and Super Bowl XXXVI. That story was found to be false, and should not have been part of our reporting. We apologize to the Patriots organization.’

    “This type of reporting over the past seven years has led to additional unfounded, unwarranted and, quite frankly, unbelievable allegations by former players, coaches and executives. None of which have ever been substantiated, but many of which continue to be propagated. The New England Patriots are led by an owner whose well-documented efforts on league wide initiatives — from TV contracts to preventing a work stoppage — have earned him the reputation as one of the best in the NFL. For the past 16 years, the Patriots have been led by one of the league’s all-time greatest coaches and one of its alltime greatest quarterbacks. It is disappointing that some choose to believe in myths, conjecture and rumors rather than giving credit for the team’s successes to Coach Belichick, his staff and the players for their hard work, attention to detail, methodical weekly preparation, diligence and overall performance.”

  68. stiffarm13 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 10:38 AM
    One for the thumb says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:54 AM
    sclairebear says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:03 AM
    Sure, New England would never tape anybody without their knowledge…wait..what..??
    ________________________________________

    New England has never taped anybody without their knowledge, unless they don’t know the rules of the NFL.

    It’s perfectly legal to videotape opposing coaches during a game. Always has been always will be. You just have to do it from the correct spot or you get fined a 1st round draft pick.

    ————————————————————–
    Here are a few of the biggest takeaways:

    * The Patriots didn’t spy only on the St. Louis Rams before their Super Bowl matchup XXXVI, and the Jets. ESPN alleges that the Patriots videotaped opposing coaches in a whopping 40 games.

    * There’s this paragraph that has some even more damning information: Blah Blah BLAH!!
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    You talking about the same ESPN that to this day never corrected the false psi numbers they were fed by the dopes at NFL headquarters? Wow, I’d believe anything that bastion of integrity has to say. Nice try, epic fail.

  69. Antonio reminds me of a dumber Steelers version of Chad Johnson. At least Chad wouldn’t social media stream from the locker room. He did lead the AFC in receiving 4 years straight. And his dances were more kid friendly and non sexual.

  70. swannysez says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:42 AM

    ctiggs says:

    Jan 18, 2017 8:36 AM

    didn’t Edelman grab some poor young girl at a party. Didn’t Edelman get “selfied” by a girl when he was passed out. I guess that’s how the pats do it…………… Oh yea they also cheat

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    Really? In a dust-up with the Steelers THIS is where ya wanna go? Big Ben’s looking at you saying, “Hey, all due respect, don’t help, thanks.”

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    Careless about the steelers, but I do agree, Big Ben thinks Julian is an amateur with the ladies

  71. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Some people need to cheat, some people play fair.
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    Are you talking about Tomlin tripping players, or the Steelers deflating balls, as reported by the Giants this year? Or are you referring back to the Steelers steroid era?

  72. SteelersStairwayToSeven says:
    Jan 18, 2017 10:20 AM

    Come Sunday night Pats fans will blame Mr. Goodell for another AFCCG loss.
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    Steelers in AFCCG—8-7
    Patriots in AFCCG–8-4
    So in 3 less appearances NE has as many wins and 3 less losses.
    What’s your point?

  73. Patriots usually keep quiet cause opponents are usually inferior to them, not the Steelers. We dwell deep in the Patriots head, don’t believe me, look at a Steelers article half is Patriot fans whining and crying. Have a nice day.
    ______________

    And yet Tom Brady is 9-2 vs. the Steelers lifetime, and Ben has NEVER beat the Patriots in Foxboro.

    Who is in whose head again?

    Have a nice day.

  74. Yes lets call out Edelman for groping a girl but omit Bens past history with women. Lets call NE cheaters but confiently leave out the fact the Steelers had deflated balls but Rooney Mara and Goodell swept it under the rug. Please. This isnt even that bad of a quote but there was no reason for Edelman to even say anything. Im sure Bill will let him know.

  75. And this is how the Patricheats are run:

    Spygate (2007) • PEDSgate (5x since 2007) • IRgate (1986) • Snowplowgate (1982) • IRgate (2013) • Walkthroughgate (2002) • Deflategate (2015) • Formationgate (2015) • Tuckgate (2001) • Tampergate (2015: Revis) • Headsetgate (2015)

  76. Edelman commenting proves he is just like everyone else. And all said was what the whole league already knows

  77. Edelman was arrested in 2011 for indecent assault and battery. You can find his mug shot online. That’s how he does it.

  78. orrnumberfour says:
    Jan 18, 2017 11:10 AM
    Patriots usually keep quiet cause opponents are usually inferior to them, not the Steelers. We dwell deep in the Patriots head, don’t believe me, look at a Steelers article half is Patriot fans whining and crying. Have a nice day.
    ______________

    And yet Tom Brady is 9-2 vs. the Steelers lifetime, and Ben has NEVER beat the Patriots in Foxboro.

    Who is in whose head again?

    Have a nice day.

    Really??? Try 2008, but dont let facts interfere with your story

  79. Edelman didn’t say anything that everyone else was already thinking. Tomlin is not known for being a disciplinarian. His style is different from Belichick’s. Once Tomlin secures his fourth Lombardi, then we can debate who’s approach is better.

  80. Edelman is right. Pittsburgh locker room is run differently than those of the Patriots.

    For example, New England will draft a player of very questionable moral character. That player might even murder someone ( Aaron Hernandez ).

    You won’t find any murderers on the Steeler’s roster. Good point Julian…

  81. Egad, Edelman. Way to get the spotlight off of the Steelers and put it right on YOU. Remember Welker making foot comments about Rex just before the Jets came into Gillette and beat y’all?

    This is not a brain fart you can afford. Do us all a favor and stay focused on the game you have to play this week. Lombardi LI isn’t in your hands yet.

  82. Stillers will use this as bulletin board material. This game will be chippy…Pats will still win…Defense won’t stop Brady spreading the ball out.

  83. Comments weren’t that bad, but then Steelers fan get their shorts in a bunch because they only read the headline (surprised they can actually read) and start throwing out cheater comments. Considering the Steelers are some of the biggest cheaters in football, it’s pretty hollow. It’s as if they don’t actually care to look at facts, or understand them when they see them

  84. Off subject. If your name isn’t Lawrence Taylor you shouldn’t be going by your initials like tb12, je11, etc. super non hetero

  85. The issue is not really about the social media thing although that is part of it. What I find disturbing is that rather than listening to the coach (who was warning about social media crap) Brown chose to ignore the rules specifically so he could gain favor on social media with his stupid ‘look at me’ selfishness

  86. I love Edelman…he is Brady’s go-to receiver. I just wish that he had kept his comment to himself.. He broke Belichick’s cardinal rule: say nothing , unless it’s positive. They cannot afford to be without him.

  87. I love my Steelers; I don’t love the Patriots. But I love the discipline of the Patriots team. AB is a great player with a great work ethic. But his ego has repeatedly hurt the team, never more than in this instance. What kind of idiot films the private locker room comments of his coach and QB–without their knowledge or permission–and live streams it on Facebook? There should be consequences, although I don’t know that it serves any purpose for those consequences to be public. But when you repeatedly see the same player doing these things, you can’t complain when someone like Edelman says “that’s how they roll.” Clearly, AB doesn’t care how his behavior impacts the rest of his team and nothing the team has done to this point has curbed his willingness to put his own attention-seeking ahead of what’s best for the Steelers.

  88. Aaron Hernandez (Murder)
    Corey Dillon (Domestic Abuse)
    Chad Johnson (Domestic Abuse)
    Randy Moss (Assault)
    Lagarette Blount (Assault)

    Just a few of the upstanding citizens who’ve worn the Patriots uniform. That’s how that team is run.

  89. fact: edelman is hands down the toughest wr in the nfl

    and that bothers the faux blue collar gimmicky
    steelers people knowing how soft and primadonna
    antonio brown is.

    malcom butler awaits brown on sunday

    keep it up mouthy steelers

    the time is about here

    the 1970s and steroids were many years ago

  90. unkleruckus says:
    Jan 18, 2017 2:04 PM

    Aaron Hernandez (Murder)
    Corey Dillon (Domestic Abuse)
    Chad Johnson (Domestic Abuse)
    Randy Moss (Assault)
    Lagarette Blount (Assault)

    Just a few of the upstanding citizens who’ve worn the Patriots uniform. That’s how that team is run.

    Ben Roethlisberger (rapes)
    Le’Veon Bell (drugs)
    Martavis Bryant (drugs)
    Joey Porter (assault)

    Get the picture?

  91. You’re ignoring the best one of all if you’re going down this road. Recently signed drunk driver Malcolm Floyd. Drink as a skunk on video. Cards released. Everyone passes. BB flouts unwritten rule to let such a danger to the public suffer and signs him. #Patriotwaylol

  92. Kraft’s minions are transferring funds to Ref’s private accounts, Belicheat is doctoring the Rule Books & Bradicheat is deflating Footballs…they will be ready on Sunday!!!

  93. I don’t understand why this is a story. Everybody, and I mean everybody with a pulse knows the Pats run a tight lipped ship. They probably hold their farts during team meetings.
    Edelman was just stating an obvious truth. The Pats don’t operate the way the Steelers do. Heck, nobody operates the way the Pats do!

    I was hoping to read something insightful…instead I am suckered into reading a non-story.

  94. From Mike Reiss:

    Julian Edelman, to Steelers reporters, on his Antonio Brown-related comments: “I mean, I think it was taken out of context. I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach [Mike] Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don’t know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it’s not the way we would do it here. That’s just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it’s whatever. That’s what the media does, try to make stories.”

  95. He has a point. Not every organization deflates footballs or videotapes their opponents before big games.

    There’s exactly as much evidence of the Steelers deflating footballs as of the Pats doing it. (That’s “none” for those of you who have to have everything explained to you.)

  96. I can’t believe the press is trying to make an issue of this TWO days in a row. (yes this story was out earlier in the week but it is still the #1 on the site). What a crock.

  97. It is funny how any chance Patriots haters get they will write stupid stuff. The Patriots are the best team of this century and that does not happen by “cheating all the time” or running a loose ship. Get over your envy all you people who support other teams….

  98. The Steelers inability to adapt, lack of toughness, lack of intellectual command of the game were all on display at Foxboro. Edelman was right, the freelancing and lack of discipline are how they’re run.

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