Apparently desperate for attention, former Steelers Jerome Bettis and Ben Roethlisberger decided to accuse the Patriots of cheating in the 2004 AFC Championship Game this week.
Ty Law responds to Jerome Bettis' cheating allegation
The basis for the claim, as explained by Bettis, was a pivotal fourth-and-one play in the first quarter. According to Bettis, the Patriots stole the Steelers' hand signals, called timeout, adjusted their defense accordingly, and stuffed Bettis on a counter run on the ensuing play.
Now, don't let the fact that none of that is against the rules get in the way of a good story. And let's ignore the fact that no one forced the Steelers to run the same play out of the timeout as the one they thought the Patriots stole the signals for.
The allegation is barely even worth responding to if you're a Patriot, but Ty Law nonetheless did just that Thursday morning on The Greg Hill Show.
"I'm gonna call my boy Jerome out on this one," Law said. "Jerome Bettis, you are full of s***. Absolutely full of s***. First of all, it's fourth-and-one. What is your nickname? The Bus. We know you're getting the ball! Fourth-and-one, big ass running back in the back. You're getting the ball. Don't be mad at us because your O-line can't block."
The Patriots went on to win that game, 41-27, en route to winning their third Super Bowl in four years.
Even Asante Samuel, the former Patriots cornerback who has carved out a side hustle as a Bill Belichick hater since retiring, had no choice but to rip Bettis and Roethlisberger on this one.