HOUSTON -- Over the years, Marshall Faulk has come to regret some of the things he has said about the Patriots in more bitter days. Time heals all wounds, though, and the fact of the matter is that he respects Bill Belichick and the Patriots now.
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Ah wait, that’s actually LaDainian Tomlinson. Wrong running back. Faulk is still pissed.
Per WEEI, Faulk went off on the Patriots once again Thursday, saying the Patriots taped St. Louis’ walkthrough ahead of New England’s 20-17 win over Faulk’s Rams. This is something that, though reported in 2008, was retracted and has not since been reported by any major outlet.
Faulk, though, remains convinced.
“[The practice] before the Super Bowl, the guy who worked for the Patriots. If you remember, that was someone mysteriously living in Hawaii, who made his way back to the states and delivered the tapes,” Faulk said. “[Roger] Goodell then watched those tapes and said there wasn’t enough there to deem anything being done.
“Now, I didn’t see what was on the tapes, because we didn’t get to see that. The only thing I could say is that they taped our practice. That was wrong.”
When asked if that was his belief, Faulk responded, “I don’t believe anything. I’m just telling you the facts.”
This is a song Faulk has been singing for years. In 2013, he told Tom E. Curran that the Pats cheated in their Super Bowl win over the Rams.
"Am I over the loss? Yeah, I'm over the loss," Faulk said at the time. "But I'll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl. That's a different story."
On Thursday, Faulk said that he is not necessarily a Patriots-basher, but rather someone who discusses what’s happened.
“You can’t criticize facts,” he said. “The only think I’ve criticized [for] is the things they have been penalized for. That’s it. Other than that. what have I been critical of? I think Tom Brady is awesome. I never said he has a weak arm, can’t throw, doesn’t do this. [He] does more with less.”