He’s either crazy or crazy like a fox.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been accused of paying a player to start fights in practice.
Former NFL defensive lineman Chad Eaton told the Dayton Daily News, that when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad, coach Belichick paid him to start fights in practice.
“If practice was going slow, he’d look at me and just say, ‘It’s time,’” Eaton said. “He wanted me to get on somebody’s [case] and start a little fight. I was known for that and it paid off on Fridays. There’d always be some extra money in my locker. Practice players don’t make much, so I really appreciated it.”
Eaton spent five seasons with the Patriots after his time in Cleveland ended in 1996. Belichick was the Browns head coach from 1991 to 1995.
Spy-Gate this is not, but it could have salary cap implications, in violation of team rules. Of course, with the allegations stemming from events that took place over 15 years ago when Eaton was with the Browns, the league probably will not look into this.