Friday, September 16, 2011
Updated: September 17, 10:35 AM ET
Bill Belichick goes off on Derrick Mason
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Derrick Mason may have been confused when reporters asked him earlier Friday about when Bill Belichick hurled profanities toward him during an exchange along the sidelines of a New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens game two seasons ago.
"Just saw that belichick video thing all u ppl are commenting about. He might As well called me boy! Lol total Disrespect," Mason, now with the New York Jets, tweeted on Friday afternoon from his verified account. "Had I said that to him, everyone would have been in a uproar! I have to much respect for the game to speck to a coach in that manner!"
In the NFL Network documentary, "Bill Belichick: A Football Life," which aired Thursday night, Belichick can be seen going off on Mason, then with the Ravens, after he hauled in a catch near the Patriots' sideline during a game in 2009.
"Oh, f--- you, Mason. Just f--- you," the Patriots head coach told Mason after the veteran said something to him. "Why don't we talk after the game, all right? Just shut the f--- up."
Mason then appears to laugh before Belichick says, "Can you look at the scoreboard?"
The Jets and Patriots will meet at Gillette Stadium in Week 5.
"I respect him because he's a very good head coach," Mason said Friday. "They won a bunch of games during those times, when they were allegedly, you know ... They won a bunch of games."
Mason's "you know" is understood to refer to Spygate, the incident in which Belichick and the Patriots were busted for illegal taping of Jets defensive signals in 2007.
"But nah, I respect Coach, he's a good coach," Mason said earlier. "But I will see him out there."
The league announced that the documentary was the most-watched in the history of the NFL Network. It was the second-most watched show in the time period in Boston, behind the Red Sox-Rays game.
Mike Mazzeo is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss was used in this report.