Years after the fact, LaDainian Tomlinson has a message for Bill Belichick: he regrets saying Belichick had no class.
Down 21-13 of the 2006-07 AFC Divisional Round, the Patriots scored the game's last 11 points, and a San Diego field goal fell short as time expired.
The way the Patriots handled themselves after didn't sit well with Tomlinson, who had to be restrained by fellow players while angrily yelling at members of the Pats.
"I would never react in that way," he said after that game. "I was very upset. When you go to the middle of our field and start doing the dance Shawne Merriman is known for, that is disrespectful. They showed no class and maybe that comes from the head coach."
Going after the opponent is one thing, but calling out Belichick is another. It's rare that a player would publicly talk about a coach, and even more rare that a star athlete like Tomlinson would do so regarding a great coach in Belichick.
Tomlinson has since retired, and on Tuesday night his career was remembered on NFL Network's "A Football Life". Tomlinson live-Tweeted during the show, and had this to say about his remarks on the Patriots and Belichick during part of the episode:
I believe we all say things we regret.— LaDainian Tomlinson (@LT_21) September 4, 2013
I certainly regret when I said the Patriots classless act came from their head coach.— LaDainian Tomlinson (@LT_21) September 4, 2013
I should of kept it between the players. Bill Belichick had nothing to do with it. #AFootballLife— LaDainian Tomlinson (@LT_21) September 4, 2013
LT probably feels a lot better getting that off his chest. Chances are, though, Belichick doesn't care either way.