Chad Eaton Claims Belichick Paid Him To Start Fights
He said Belichick used the "fights" as some sort of gladiatorial pep rally if practices were going too slow for his liking. He was rewarded with some extra cash in his locker on Friday after that weeks battle. This may have been the first time Belichick facilitated this questionable scenario, but its not the first time he has been accused of it. In 2000, then New England Patriot Rob Gatrell, claimed Belichick paid him to start fights against DB Lawyer Milloy. Of course Belichick denied the accusations and he probably will deny this one. But what are the odds that both men decide to lie about the same thing 11 years apart.
Of course this smudge on his reputaion is added to an already infamous strike against Belichicks character (which doesn't even include his fashion sense). Spygate was one of the most glaring blows against the NFL in a long time. This was of course because it contained a Super Bowl Champion coach video taping signals from another team, essentially CHEATING. Belichick, who is supposed to be a football mastermind actually had the stones to claim ignorance of the rules with regard to filming other teams signals and practices. Yes, practices my NFL disciples. As you may recall, Belichick was also accused of having the St. Louis Rams walk-throughs filmed before they met in Super Bowl XXXVI. In that contest the Rams were a 14 point favorite and had been blazing through teams with what was called "The Greatest show On Turf". Yet coincidentally, the Patriots managed to hold the Rams to 17 points and win that Super Bowl. Coincidence, perhaps. The logical mind would have more trouble accepting that explanation in light of Belichicks growing history of shady and questionable tactics. It certainly questions the legitimacy of that championship which was added to a string of three that started with the glorification of a play that is as mysterious as the uncharted universe, "The Tuck Rule"