As someone who grew up playing team sports, I’ve always had a strong sense of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Being a Pittsburgh Steeler fan, I have always rooted for the AFC representative in the Super Bowl and even though they had handed us a few heartbreaking losses over the years, I did have a lot of respect for the New England Patriots team play and excellent coaching.
I still have a lot of respect for the Patriots as a team and I still think that Bill Belichick is a top notch coach.
However, after the whole “spygate” issue, I lost a lot of respect for Coach Belichick as a leader when it comes to sportsmanship and fair play.
I would never pretend to know or understand the amount of pressure professional coaches and athletes are under to be the best, but Belichick’s early season bust for cheating is just another sign of what’s wrong with high profile sports today.
The fact that Belichick claims that he simply “misinterpreted” the rules about videotaping the other teams sideline is such an insult to everyone’s intelligence and shows cowardice and a complete lack of personal accountability on his behalf.
Given the pressure and intense scrutiny all of these guys are under, I’m not foolish enough to think that Coach Belichick is the only head coach who cheated to get an edge. He’s just the one who got caught.
If he had owned up to it, I may have still had some respect for him as a leader. As it is, I still think he is a brilliant coach and knows the game inside and out. But his cowardly excuse for doing what he did shows a total lack of character.
Congratulations to the New York Giants for their Super Bowl victory and congratulations to the real winner in this year’s Super Bowl, karma. It’s nice to see justice served.