Joey Porter: ‘I have natural hate for [Pats]‘
|11.04.09 at 3:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Miami linebacker Joey Porter didn’t mince words on Wednesday when speaking of the bitter feelings he still holds toward the Patriots. Ever since “Spygate” came to light in 2007, Porter has felt that his Steeler teams that lost to the Patriots in the 2001 and 2004 AFC title games were cheated out of a chance to go to the Super Bowl.
“Come to figure out some months later why we lost so, yeah, I have a natural hate for them, period, and that’s going to be with me forever and that’s not ever going to change,” Porter said in a conference call with New England media.
While not mentioning “Spygate” specifically, Porter has, in the past, made the case that the video controversy explained the two Pittsburgh losses.
“You can fill in the blanks. You know exactly what I’m talking about and they know exactly what I’m talking about and that’s not ever going to change.”
Hear what Porter had to say by clicking here.
Porter was asked if he feels he’s not well-liked in New England by the Patriots and their fans.
“Same way they feel about me,” Porter said. “You know they don’t like me. Let’s be honest, they don’t like me, and that’s fair. And I don’t like them and that’s fair. So it’s not like a divorce is happening. We were never really married anyway.
“It’s good to have healthy rivalries and to have a rivalry, we have to win some. It can’t be one-sided. We split with them last year and the year before that they beat us twice. This is my third year in this [division] going up against them and we’re trying to change the way it used to be,” he said.
The Patriots beat the Steelers, 24-17, in the 2001 AFC title game in Pittsburgh, and again in the Steel City, 38-24, in 2004. Both wins resulted in AFC titles for the Pats on their way to Super Bowl glory.
“My feelings toward New England goes back further, it goes back to my Pittsburgh days. So, I feel a certain way after some things came out way back when. I was at Pittburgh in some AFC Championships I lost to them a couple times. Come to figure out some months later why we lost, so yeah I have a natural hate for them, period. And that’s going to be with me forever. That’s not going to change.
“You know exactly what I’m talking about and they know exactly what I’m talking about and that’s not going to change my thought process on that situation,” Porter said.
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