On Wednesday, Bill Belichick held a "tone setting" meeting at 8:00 a.m. As you may have heard, four players were late because of bad weather that morning -- Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Derrick Burgess and Gary Guyton -- and were subsequently sent home for their tardiness. On Thursday, Thomas, who has already had his difference with Belichick earlier this season when he was de-activated for the Titans game, became the first of the four players to speak out, saying he was "dumbfounded."â†µ
"I mean, I could've been in a ditch," he said. "They really don't give a damn. Hey, as long as you aren't in that meeting, they really don't give a (bleep)."â†µ
"There's nothing to apologize about. I wasn't trying to be late. I don't know what to say. You leave home, there are people there, cars sitting in the road, you're sitting there, what are you gonna do? It's not the Jetsons. I can't jump up and fly. What am I supposed to do?"â†µ
When asked if this discipline would provide some kind of motivation, Thomas responded, "Motivation is for kindergartners. I'm not a kindergartner. Sending somebody home, that's like, 'You're expelled until you come back and make good grades.' Get that (bleep) out of here. It's ridiculous."â†µ
Hope ya had fun in New England, Adalius: "You'rrrrrre firrred!"