Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots got under Adam Thielen's skin on Sunday in Week 13. During the fourth quarter of New England's 24-10 win, Thielen and Belichick began yelling at each other on the sideline.
Thielen said he had a problem with safety Patrick Chung going down with an injury after the Vikings narrowly converted a fourth-and-1. That allowed Belichick the time to look at the play and decide to challenge it. Ultimately, Belichick lost the challenge but before the ruling came down in the Vikings' favor, Thielen made it clear he didn't appreciate what appeared to be gamesmanship from New England.
"I just thought the play was cheap," Thielen said at Gillette Stadium on Sunday in the locker room. "I wasn't directing (frustration) toward him. I just thought the play was cheap. Like I said, I let the emotions get the best of me, because it's a smart football play. If you are in that situation, then why not? It's not cheating, because there's no rule against it from a guy going down. I don't know if he was hurt or not. He might have been hurt. That's fine. It is what it is. But like I said, just interesting timing for a guy to go down on when it's a close play."
Was Thielen offended by Belichick during the exchange, which seemed to include a number of curse words?
"No offense taken," Thielen said. "It's football. There's emotions. He can think what he wants to think about me. Doesn't change how I'm going to play the game. He can hate me all he wants, and I'm going to still be the same person I am."
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