Colts coach Tony Dungy talked about the Patriots and Bill Belichick as a guest on the yet-to-be-aired "Costas Now" program on HBO. The program premiers tomorrow (10 p.m. ET) and Dungy was asked about Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Here is a partial transcript of the interview, sent by HBO's public relations staff:
When this year’s New England game ended, there was a brief handshake between you and Bill Belichick. Most people viewed it as frosty. How did you view it?
“Well, it probably was. But that's Bill. Bill has always been that way with me.”
When you said prior to the game that you thought that the Spygate thing was a black mark for the league, I think you said, more so than for Belichick or the Patriots, did you hear from him, either directly or indirectly?
"I did not. But what I meant was you had so many people looking at this team and this organization. They've won three Super Bowls. We're talking about them as maybe the best team ever. This is the, they're the franchise in the NFL. And to have something like that happen, it just lets people say, ‘Oh, you know, this is how you win.’ Or, ‘This is okay, as long as you win.’ And I didn't think it was good for the NFL. In my opinion, a tough day for the NFL, and something you just wish didn't happen.”
Do you think he resented that, and carries that resentment forward?
“I don't know. I hope not. And I hope there's no one out there that would think it was a good thing, or an okay thing. It was very unfortunate.”