Bill Belichick: ‘I was always truthful with’ Demaryius Thomas

Andy Hart
October 17, 2019 - 12:22 pm
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Now-Jets receiver Demaryius Thomas has voiced his displeasure regarding his short tenure in New England this summer that ended when he was traded to New York as the Patriots made room for the signing of Antonio Brown.

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That trade came after Thomas had previously been cut by Bill Belichick at the end of the preseason, only to stick around and re-sign with New England.

Overall, Thomas deemed his tenure with the Patriots as “a waste of time,” “insulting” and “disrespectful.”

During his Thursday morning press conference at Gillette Stadium, as he and his team prepare for Monday night’s game in New York against the Jets, Bill Belichick responded to Thomas’ comments.

“Yeah, look, Demaryius is a great kid. I have a ton of respect for him. He was very professional and did everything we asked him to do,” Belichick said. “Our circumstances changed a couple times in that period leading up to when he was traded. So, I feel like I was always truthful with him but things changed and therefore what I said was not the same as what it was, what I’d said previously. So, it is what it is.”

Thomas was first cut by the Patriots Aug. 31, re-signed with the team on Sept. 2 and then traded to the Jets on Sept. 11, two days after New England officially added Brown to the receiver depth chart.

In three games played with New York this fall, Thomas has nine catches for 108 yards.

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