Cary Williams August 2014

Cary Williams caught a lot of heat not too long ago when he called the New England Patriots "cheaters" after their infamous SpyGate scandal nearly a decade ago.

Williams' Philadelphia Eagles took on the Pats Friday night in a NFL preseason game, where he met with New England head coach Bill Belichick afterwards. Williams reportedly apologized.

"I told him I was sorry for the words that I said. That was just out of pure emotion, sometimes you say things without really thinking about them," Williams said, via ESPN.com. "That was a situation where playing these guys in the playoffs [while Williams was with the Baltimore Ravens], you develop a hate for them and you try to use any type of anything to get your mind on, or get going. In that situation, I could have chosen my words a little bit wiser.

"But it's mutual respect between two men. We were able to come together. I told him that I was sorry and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the organization and him as a GM and a coach."

Williams suffered a hamstring injury in the Eagles' 42-35 defeat. However, he did say Belichick accepted his apology.

"He said there were no hard feelings and he said he appreciated the comments I made this week, and things like that," Williams said. "It was just two guys respecting each other, understanding that there is some history there. It's not necessarily bad blood but it's the spirit of competition. I said some things I wish I could take back."

Kudos to both men leaving that behind them.


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