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Cary Williams Goes 180 on Belichick, Patriots And Apologizes

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams apologized to Bill Belichick for calling the Patriots cheaters after Friday's game. Barry Chin / Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams was in a position to boast Friday night and chose not to.

Williams had a good outing against the Patriots, a team two weeks ago he called cheaters in reference to Spygate, the Patriots 2007 video taping scandal that rocked the NFL. (Last week, when asked about those very same comments, he stood by his remarks again.)

But after picking off Tom Brady and returning the interception 77 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles' 42-35 loss, Williams was singing a different tune. He spoke with Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the team's postgame handshake and made sure to apologize.

"It was just mutual respect between two guys," Williams said. "Coach Belichick respected me and I respected him. I respect the organization and I told him I was sorry for the words that I said. That was just pure emotion and sometimes you say things that you don't really think about.

"That was a situation where, playing these guys in the playoffs, you kind of develop a a hate for them and you try to use anything to get your mind going and get going," Williams continued. "In that situation, I could have chosen my words a little bit wiser. But it is mutual respect and we were able to come together and tell him I was sorry.

"I have nothing but the utmost respect for the organization and him as a GM and head coach. He just said there were no hard feelings and he appreciated the comments I made this week. It was just two guys respecting each other and understanding there is some history there. It is not necessarily bad blood but the spirit of competition. I said some things that I wish could take back."

Williams's tone was in stark contrast from his previous comments and, to be frank, were less than believable after the way he comported himself. If he had chosen his words wiser, as he claims, he still would've meant to say exactly the same thing. This game he's playing with the media is merely just a matter of putting the issue to rest, which he is entitled to do. But it rings hollow.

Zuri Berry can be reached at zberry@boston.com. Follow him on Twitter @zuriberry and on Google+.

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