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LaDainian Tomlinson regrets calling Bill Belichick ‘classless’

09.03.13 at 11:24 pm ET
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During the season premiere of “A Football Life” on the NFL Network, LaDainian Tomlinson admitted that “we all say things we regret.”

Tomlinson was referring to the fact that he called the Patriots a “classless” organization after the bitter playoff loss in 2006 when the Chargers had the game won, only to fumble an interception when Troy Brown knocked the ball out of the hands of Marlon McCree.

The Patriots would go on to wipe out a 21-13 deficit and win 24-21 and advance to the AFC championship in Indianapolis. Shortly after the game, Tomlinson spotted some Patriots dancing on the Chargers’ logo at midfield. Tomlinson went after an unidentified Patriots player, yelling and pointing, and had to be restrained by a teammate and former Charger Reche Caldwell, who had a huge game for the Patriots.

“I would never react in that way. I was very upset,” Tomlinson said after the game. “When you go to the middle of our field and start doing the dance Shawne Merriman is known for, that is disrespectful. They showed no class and maybe that comes from the head coach.”

Merriman earned the nicknamed “Lights Out” from a wild dance to celebrate each of his 17 sacks that season. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said he saw some Patriots pointing to the scoreboard, mimicking the dance and stomping on the Chargers’ logo at midfield.

“I think what got LT, and I was right there, was just a little of the taunting,” Rivers said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Hey, celebrate — we’d have been sprinting on the field, too, I guarantee you. But it was a little finger-pointing and I don’t know where it came from.”

On Tuesday night, Tomlinson formally apologized via Twitter.

 

 

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