Houston (AP) — Houston defensive end Antonio Smith apologized Monday for using the word "spying" about New England, but didn't exactly back down from the accusations he made after the Texans' loss to the Patriots.
Sunday after Houston's 34-31 loss, Smith told reporters that the Texans
had some new wrinkles in their defense and it was "miraculous" how the
Patriots changed their offense to key on the defense.
He said then: "Either teams are spying on us or scouting us. I don't
know what it is."
Monday, he said that he thought reporters in Houston knew him well
enough to know that he could be joking and still be curious about
something like this at the same time.
"I'm sorry I said the word spying because of a prior engagement of them
being caught spying before," he said.
NFL fined New England coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team
$250,000 and took away a first-round pick in the 2008 draft for
videotaping New York Jets signals during a game on Sept. 9, 2007.
Belichick said he thought that was allowed and apologized for what he
said was a mistake in his interpretation of the rule prohibiting it.
Belichick was asked on a conference call Monday morning if he saw
"Yeah, I saw them," he said. "I don't have any comment on them. I think
that's a league matter."
Houston coach Gary Kubiak also was questioned about what Smith said and
refused to address them directly.
have the utmost respect for their organization, their players, their
coaches, their head coach and the standard that they've been setting
for a long, long time in this league," he said. "So ... they did a
great job yesterday and have been doing it a long time."
loss extended Houston's franchise-record skid to 10 games. The Texans
were up 17-7 at halftime before New England rallied for the win.
said Monday that he was surprised his comments caused such a stir and
wondered why no one had a sense of humor about what he said.
it may be something I was curious about that kind of didn't seem
right," he said. "Like how all of a sudden the change here? It wasn't a
serious matter to where I was thinking: 'Aw man, they're spying on us.
They're cheating. Things like that to the point where it gets to a big
story about me accusing them of cheating. It's me being me, being
Houston will try to end its skid Thursday night at Jacksonville.
Smith sorry for saying "spying"
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