Antonio Smith said Monday that wasn’t serious when he claimed that the New England Patriots may have spied on the Houston Texans before Sunday’s game.
“Though it may be something I was curious about that kind of didn’t seem right, like ‘How all of a sudden the change here?’, it wasn’t a serious matter to where I was thinking, ‘Aw man, they’re spying on us, they’re cheating,’ things like that to the point where it gets to a big story about me accusing them of cheating,” Smith said, per ESPN.com. “It’s me being me.”
Smith was surprised by how much attention his comments have received. He said he didn’t think about what he said until Monday morning when “everybody wanted to kill me on Instagram.”
“I’m sorry I said the word spying because of a prior engagement of them being caught spying before,” Smith said. “… It don’t matter to me. Those are the battles, those types of battles are between coaches. Schemes and different things like that’s between coaches. My battle is trying to figure out how to beat the guy in front of me.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick and the team were fined by the NFL for a total of $750,000, and had a 2008 first-round pick taken away for videotaping the New York Jets’ signals during a game on Sept. 9, 2007.
“It tickles me how much the country loves the Patriots so much that they take everything so seriously,” Smith said. “I don’t know what to say about it. I guess no media is bad media, thank you for getting me on ESPN for taking Tonestradamus’ word and his soothsayer abilities to new heights. I don’t know what else to say about it.”