Thanksgiving is approaching, but after the New England Patriots 33-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Bill Belichick will have a hard time thinking of anything for which he is thankful. In fact, it’s possible that Belichick is feeling more resentment than gratitude right now, especially at Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen.
Belichick ultimately turned down Thielen’s embrace after the dramatic game at U.S. Bank Stadium was over and players and coaches were leaving the field. Evidently, Belichick is still able to recall the heated argument he had with the 32-year-old wide receiver four years ago.
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— Paul Charchian (@PaulCharchian) November 25, 2022
Four years is a long time to put the past behind you, but Bill Belichick, being the competitive man he is, hasn’t thought it’s time to let go of the scathing claims made by Adam Thielen.
Fans will recall how Belichick told Thielen to “shut the f-k up” in December 2018 after the Vikings wide receiver encouraged him as the Patriots head coach was having trouble locating his challenge flag in his socks.
The Patriots’ antics caused Thielen to lose his cool; if safety Patrick Chung hadn’t fallen to the ground with a purported injury, they wouldn’t have had time to contest the play. The wide receiver for the Vikings expressed his concerns to the referees. He started a heated argument with the renowned playcaller by criticizing the Patriots for what he thought was a “bulls-t” play.
Adam Thielen, however, was not to be outdone. When Bill Belichick asked him to remain silent, he responded by calling him and the Patriots “cheaters” in response. Given the franchise’s involvement in the infamous Deflategate and Spygate, this claim may be justified. Even while the proverb “time heals all wounds” may be true, Belichick may not have had enough time to put the past behind him.