Somehow, Bart Scott’s disdain for the Patriots and Bill Belichick grew after he retired.
The longtime NFL linebacker and Belichick rival — both with the Ravens from 2002-09 and Jets from 2009-12 — has faced the same barriers post-football that virtually all NFL media have encountered when dealing with famously secretive New England. But for Scott, it feels personal.
“We’re on the sideline, it’s the AFC Championship,” the CBS and WFAN voice said recently on Bleacher Report’s “The Lefkoe Show,” appearing to be referring to the 2015 Patriots-Colts game. “Me, [Bill] Cowher and Tony [Gonzalez] chopping it up. This is me and Tony’s first AFC Championship. It’s cool, it’s loud, it’s AFC Championship.
“[Belichick] walks up, shakes Tony’s hand, speaks to Tony. Speaks to Bill. I’m literally standing — we almost shoulder to shoulder. He says absolutely nothing to me, don’t even look at me. At this point I’m like, bro, now you’ve been an asshole. It’s fine you’ve been an asshole over there, but you came over to us, a group of us. Tony kind of gave that look like, ‘Don’t do that.’ I was about to say, ‘You rude, motherf–ker.’”
Belichick would have reason to be wary of Scott, whose “can’t wait!” following the Jets’ 2011 divisional-round victory over the Patriots is still legendary.
It went beyond simple ignored hellos, though. Even stepping foot in the Patriots building proved difficult for Scott, who became a consultant with Morgan Stanley after he retired to help guide NFL players’ finances.
So many teams opened the doors for him to advise their players. But not all of them.
“The Patriots wouldn’t let me come,” said the 38-year-old. “I got information to help your team, and Bill will never let you in the building. Really, word? We still got beef?
“What the f–k does he think I’m gonna do? Take reconnaissance with the Jets? I don’t play for them no more either.”