It’s been 17 years since the New England Patriots were caught videotaping opposing coaches’ signals during a game, a scandal that came to be known as “Spygate.”
The Patriots were fined $250,000 and lost their first-round draft pick as a result of the scandal. Head coach Bill Belichick was also fined $500,000 and suspended for the first four games of the 2007 season.
Despite the punishment, Belichick has never publicly admitted that he did anything wrong. He has also refused to speak to NFL expert Peter King, who broke the story of Spygate.
King recently wrote a column about Belichick’s continued silence, calling it “sour grapes.”
“It’s been 17 years, Bill,” King wrote. “It’s time to move on. You were caught. You were punished. You were suspended. You paid the price.
“But you’ve never admitted what you did. You’ve never apologized. And you’ve never spoken to me.
“That’s sour grapes.”
King is not the only one who has criticized Belichick for his silence. Many Patriots fans have also expressed frustration with their coach’s refusal to address Spygate.
Some fans believe that Belichick is still angry about the punishment he received. Others believe that he is simply trying to avoid the controversy.
Whatever the reason, Belichick’s silence is a reminder that Spygate is still a sore spot for the Patriots organization.
It remains to be seen whether Belichick will ever break his silence about Spygate. But until he does, it will continue to be a source of speculation and controversy.