It has become common practice for current and former NFL players to criticize the Patriots and Bill Belichick over the years due to the longevity of their success, and it’s still happening even now.
The latest of former players to take a hit on New England’s head coach is a repeat offender who can’t seem to help himself from bashing the man who helped coach him to two Super Bowl wins.
After dropping a game-winning interception in Super Bowl 42, with the infamous helmet catch occurring on the next play, Asante Samuel hit free agency in 2008. Belichick did not re-sign the talented cornerback, thus seemingly beginning the now 16-year-long grudge by Samuel against his former coach.
The latest of his harsh words took place earlier this week on Twitter. Because Lamar Jackson has been heavily rumored to land with the Patriots via blockbuster trade, Samuel made sure to warn the quarterback that New England is not where he wants to play.
Because of Belichick.
The tweet picked up a lot of steam, dominating headlines across the NFL despite knowing the history of his feelings toward the coach and team.
But Matthew Judon didn’t take too kindly to what Samuel had to say, quoting the now-retired player to let him know how he felt.
This isn’t the first time Judon has partaken in defending his coach or team since signing with New England in 2021, and it’s likely not his last. He’s consistently ended the belief that it’s not a fun place to play and has remained complimentary of his time there.
He’s even developed the reputation of recruiting players to join the team during free agency, periodically taking to social media telling top talent to make their way up north.
But in this case, there’s no getting through to Samuel, as his resentment against Belichick will likely never end.