Predictably, Belichick didn't exactly fire back. After the showdown, Bennett was suspended for the team's match against the New York Jets. Belichick essentially admitted that the Patriots coach can't be trusted although he did praise Thomas for being a great professional. "Our circumstances changed a couple times in that period leading up to when he was traded". "Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign". Brown becoming available changed everything.
Thomas spoke to the New York Daily News ahead of his team's Monday night game against New England, and spoke about being disrespected and insulted during his short time there. Thomas said Belichick told him they no longer had room for him on the roster after signing Brown.
"Coach [Belichick] came up to me and was like, 'Uh, we got too many guys. We can't get the ball around enough and we're going to trade you to the Jets, '" Thomas added. "And that was that". Ain't no reason to yell.
A general view as fireworks are set off prior to the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. When (I got released), obviously there was a lot of disappointment and sadness about it, obviously, going through everything I went through to have a chance to play.
Of course, Gronk could always opt to return to football at some point, which he has hinted at doing. Of course, that didn't work, and Thomas seems happy to be with the Jets now. He had 62 yards on four catches last week in the win over the Cowboys. "I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused", Bennett said in a statement.
This is what the Pro Bowl defensive lineman had to say about this incident.
Perhaps the amusing part for Thomas in hindsight is the reason for trading Thomas was the Brown addition left too many mouths to feed. Such is the life of a veteran coming off a major injury.
It is hard to discuss the use of Bennett by the Patriots this season. "Unless I get hurt or something, I'm playing".