The NFL, for some odd reason, denied the Patriots more locker room space in Kansas City.
The New England Patriots‘ season was turned upside down last Saturday when the world learned Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. Many would argue they shouldn’t have played their game against the Kansas City Chiefs that week, but the NFL moved it to Monday night and went ahead with the ordeal.
After we learned the Pats took two separate planes, we knew something was off, because then Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19 last week which derailed the team’s Week 5 game against the Broncos.
Well, apparently, ahead of the game against KC, the Patriots wanted to take extra precautions and requested more locker room space at Arrowhead Stadium. The NFL denied them the extra space, and here’s what Bill Belichick had to say about it on Monday.
Oh man, throwing the Chiefs under the bus too! Arrowhead has one of the smallest visiting locker rooms, so the Pats didn’t want to put everyone in those close quarters after separating the groups of players on the trip out there.
But it was all for naught and we truly don’t know why this reasonable ask was denied, which goes to show the NFL clearly isn’t taking the global pandemic as seriously as it should. Probably should’ve listened to Jason and Devin McCourty, eh?
If teams feel the current protocols in place aren’t enough or want to exercise further caution because they don’t feel comfortable, such inquiries should be swiftly handled to meet the needs.
Needed any more proof that the NFL does its best to push back against Belichick and the Pats? If you don’t believe Deflategate or the Bengals videotaping fiasco, then this should do it for you. The NFL (and potentially the Chiefs) put the Patriots in an even more precarious situation than they were already in, during a global pandemic nonetheless.