When Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams indicated that the New England Patriots were “cheaters” some time ago, most around the league were taken aback. An active player throwing around such a disturbing claim ruffled some feathers. Williams, a former member of the Baltimore Ravens, stood by that claim in a recent interview with The News Journal. 

Did I say the wrong thing? No…I stand firm on what my beliefs are, and that’s just that. I didn’t tell a lie. At the end of the day, that did happen. It’s in the history books. As far as I’m concerned, I made a comment about it and that’s that.

Williams is speaking about Spygate, which is a scandal that took place back in 2007 involving the Patriots taping New York Jets coaches during a game. New England was eventually stripped a first-round pick after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it violated league rules.

Williams and the Eagles will be practicing with the Patriots next week prior to their preseason game. It should be rather interesting to see how Bill Belichick’s players respond to Williams’ recent claims.

But he doesn’t seem too worried.

I don’t care,” he said. “That’s the whole point. I don’t care if they come after me or not. That doesn’t scare me. My mentality is I’ve never been a punk, never been a sissy, never been a guy that’s going to be a scared guy. I don’t play this game in fear at all. I don’t fear no man. As far as I’m concerned, you put your pants on as well as I put my pants on. We’re going to man up when we get there.

While Williams isn’t necessarily wrong by claiming New England cheated, there is a time and place for everything. Why bring up this controversy some eight years after it happened? The Patriots were punished and everyone moved on. Maybe the Eagles cornerback should concern himself more over his quality of play on the football field.

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