Porter calls Pats cheaters, alleges Brady favoritism

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter hinted -- strongly -- at his distaste for the New England Patriots during a Wednesday conference call with Boston-area reporters.

Porter didn't get specific or start dropping napalm on the Patriots. He just mentioned a "natural hate" and referenced the comments he made after the Spygate scandal. Porter, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, has accused the Patriots of cheating him out of chances to go to more Super Bowls. He went on the record long ago, so he left it at that.

On Thursday, however, he didn't restrain himself. Porter appeared on NFL Network and spoke with host Rich Eisen, who pressed him to elaborate on Wednesday's comments. You can check out the video here.

"Never really too much cared for New England," Porter said. "Still don't care for New England. The hate's been there for a while, especially after all the cheating they did back in the day. I can honestly say I don't agree with it, but it happened, and it's over with now.

"They can sweep it under the rug if they want to, but just like anybody else that do something that gets caught by cheating, you put an asterisk by it. But nobody puts an asterisk by those championships they won."

Porter also declared Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gets to play by his own set of favorable rules.

"No question," Porter said. "When a guy can tell a ref when to throw a flag and he gets it and stuff like that, he got his own rules. They made the whole [rule that you] don't go at the legs because of Tom. So when he feels that someone is coming at his legs, he just points at the ref and he gets a flag. So you've got to honestly say that he got his own rules."