Former Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore made headlines last week when he called out the team for the handling of his quad injury.
“I wasn’t ready at the beginning of training camp, I’m going to be completely honest with you," Gilmore said to reporters on a conference call. "The only thing [was] I just didn’t like how they handled my situation with my injury. A lot went on with that that I didn’t agree with and now that I am here, I am able to do the things I need to do to get me back and be ready to where I need to be.
"I learned a lot there and got a lot of friends there, a lot of great coaches. I just didn’t like how they handled my situation with my injury.”
Of course, Gilmore was traded to the Panthers by the Patriots in early October.
Bill Belichick responded Monday on the Greg Hill Show when asked if he had any insight into what Gilmore meant (answer begins at the 7:40 mark).
“Surprised to hear him say that because we had several meetings and laid out a plan on how he would rehab once he came back to training camp," he said. "Of course, he wasn’t here all spring. We really didn’t have any idea where he was. But, when he came back we had several meetings and talked about that. You’d have to ask him.”
Belichick said he did not speak to Gilmore before or after Sunday's game.
While Gilmore had an interception, the Patriots rolled to a 24-6 win and the former Patriots cornerback did not play all that much, logging 16 snaps, mostly all on third down.
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