Antonio Smith: Patriots ‘spying’ comments were a joke
|12.02.13 at 11:08 pm ET|
After saying there was something “fishy” and “highly suspicious” about the way the Patriots were able to make adjustments in the second half of New England’s 34-31 win over Houston on Sunday, Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith quickly backtracked from his comments on Monday, saying it was all a joke.
‘It tickles me how much the country loves the Patriots so much they take everything so seriously,’ Smith told reporters Monday evening. ‘I wasn’t angry or serious and I didn’t say that’s why they beat us.’
After the Patriots rallied from a 10-point deficit with a 27-point second half to pin the 10th straight loss of the year on the Texans, Smith intimated something was up with the way things happened in the second half.
‘You can tell they changed their scheme in the second half,’ Smith told reporters after the game. ‘It’s miraculous they changed some things on offense that keyed on what we put on this week to stop what they were doing. They did things they never did all year before. It was a specific thing that was important to what we were going to do today, as to how we were going to call the defense. We’d not ever did it before, and they never changed like that before. It just let me know that something wasn’t right.
‘Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are among the best at their craft because they work so hard at their craft. But you have to be a descendent of ‘Tones-tradamus’ to know what we put in this week to be able to change that fast. I’ve got the only crystal ball in existence. I don’t know what it is. Either teams are spying on us or something’s going on.’
On Monday, Smith was singing a difference tune, saying he wasn’t aware his comments created such a controversy.
‘I was definitely surprised,’ he said. ‘I didn’t think anything else about it after we talked until I woke up this morning and everybody wanted to kill me on Instagram.
‘My teammates were telling me about ESPN. I don’t really watch ESPN that much, but [my teammates] pretty much got a good laugh out of it, me being the butt of everybody’s jokes today. I had no idea it would have that (kind of) effect.”
Smith said it was taken the wrong way.
‘I said it, but you have to check the manner in which I said it,’ he added. ‘I didn’t accuse them of beating us with cheating. Come on, don’t you have a sense of humor? Though it may be something I was curious about it, I wasn’t thinking they spied on us or they were cheating.
‘Half the stuff I say is spontaneous and witty, and I don’t think anything else about it. I’m sorry I said the word spying. I was joking and having fun with it.’
Asked about it on Monday, Belichick said it was a league matter, while Brady dismissed it, saying he didn’t think much of the allegations. And Texans coach Gary Kubiak didn’t sound like he was too pleased with Smith’s comments.
‘I have the utmost respect for their organization, their players, their coaches, their head coach,’ Kubiak said. ‘I mean, the standard that they’ve been setting for a long, long time in this league. They did a great job (Sunday). They’ve been doing it for a long time.’
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