The New England Patriots are one of the most prestigious professional sports teams in the world, but they’re also the most shady as well. From the infamous Spygate scandal to the way Bill Belichick likes to grunt, mumble and shrug his way through most public interactions with other human beings, the Patriots are as mysterious as they are prestigious.
One thing that they apparently like to do, is dance around the injury reports that come out each week by filing utterly untrue information about their players. That’s what now former Patriots players Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib have said since leaving New England for other teams.
Per ESPN.com, Aqib Talib states he never had a hip injury in 2013 despite it being listed on numerous injury reports throughout the season.
“The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa,” Talib said. “The injury I had was actually a quad injury. It was reported as a hip injury, but that’s how they do things.”
Similarly, linebacker Brandon Spikes says he was put on IR, but he was never injured. We sort of figured his trip to the IR was behavior related, but it reinforces the idea that the Patriots are as shady as they’ve ever been.