NEW YORK (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Shannon Sharpe blasted New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for refusing to do an interview with CBS Sports following their loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Hall of Fame tight end and analyst for “The NFL Today” called Belichick’s behavior “unacceptable” after the Patriots lost the AFC Championship game to the Ravens 28-13.
“Bill Belichick makes it real easy for you to root against the Patriots,” Sharpe said to CBS. “You can’t be a poor sport all the time. You’re not going to win all the time and he does this every time he loses.”
Belichick did, however, talk to reporters during his mandatory press conference following the game, calling it a disappointing end to the season.
“That was a disappointing end to an overall pretty positive season,” Belichick said. “Tonight we just didn’t do enough things to well enough to win. Give the Ravens credit, they’re a good football team, they just outplayed us and outcoached us tonight. They just made more plays than we did and that’s pretty much the story.”
New England (13-5) lost a home AFC title matchup for the first time in five games. The loss denied Tom Brady and Belichick a shot at their sixth Super Bowl. They’ve gone 3-2, losing their last two times in the big game.
The Ravens will face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl as the first brother-vs.-brother coaching matchup in Super Bowl history will take place between John and Jim Harbaugh.
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