CB unhappy with way he's perceived

CB Ty Law is unhappy with the Patriots in part because he felt coach Bill Belichick lied during negotiations.

Updated: March 23, 2004, 11:39 AM ET
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Editor's note: Here's an excerpt of New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law's Sunday Conversation interview with Stephen A. Smith in which he discussed his contract situation and hard feelings for head coach Bill Belichick.

Smith: I'm sitting here talking to the defensive back of the year, Super Bowl champion, yet he is unhappy. Why? What is going on?
Law: Well, I've got a very unstable situation with my team and it is getting pretty ugly right now. I think I'm more upset with the picture being painted of me. It's totally out of character what people are writing about me.

Ty Law
Ty Law led the Pats with six interceptions last season.
Smith: What picture is being painted?
Law: That I'm selfish, greedy. Not a team person. People don't understand this is my job, this is a business and they need to look at the flip side of things to see why I might make some of the comments I made.

Smith: Do you have a problem with the New England Patriots, the Super Bowl champions? Or do you have a problem with Bill Belichick?
Law: Um … coach Bill Belichick is a reflection of the New England Patriots, Super Bowl champions. He is the head coach. He is the general manager. He is everything right there, so I have to have a problem with everyone.

Smith: You said he was a liar. Is that true? And if so, what did he lie about?
Law: Well first of all, he lied about the willingness to talk. And then after the misunderstanding that we had, the willingness to talk again. So first he lied about that, then he lied about my age as far as years on my contract as far as what we do around here.

Smith: You say he has done it before. Who did he do it to?
Law: Rodney Harrison, you know, older than me. You know, my teammate, I love him to death. A six-year deal. I was even willing to meet him half way. He said only a four-year deal and I'm talking six to seven. And I said, "OK lets split it down the middle. Lets go five." He said he can't do that. Tyrone Poole … older than me … five-year deal. Got drafted the same time I got drafted. The pick right before me in 1995 … he got a five-year deal. And then I went as far as saying you gave Drew Bledsoe a 10-year deal. It was big headlines, a lifetime deal for Drew Bledsoe, 10 years. And my cap number was bigger than his at that time.

Smith: So Bill Belichick in your eyes is a liar?
Law: Yes.

Smith: Can you play for him? Knowing that you feel and publicly stated your coach is a liar?
Law: You know what? When I'm out there on the field, it's not like I'm playing for Coach Belichick. I go out there and play for myself. I play for my teammates and I'm going to go out there and fight. But at the same time, as far as being passionate about playing for the organization. Knowing that … there is background to all of this. Knowing that you had no desire for me to do as well as I did so you can justify releasing me. I have a problem with that. You know, I go out there.

Smith: Do you know for a fact he didn't want you, listen to what you are saying? He didn't want you to do as well as you did?
Law: I know for a fact and I can't say where my source is at. And I can't say the names because it might cost them their job. But when you are told whether it was the front office or the back office. And the way our facility is set up, it's upstairs and downstairs that, you know what Ty? Remember you know you are auditioning for 29 other teams.

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