Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams apologized for calling the New England Patriots cheaters and hugged coach Bill Belichick after a preseason game.
"I told him I was sorry for the words that I said," Williams said. "That was just out of pure emotion, sometimes you say things without really thinking about them. That was a situation where playing these guys in the playoffs [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 said 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."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun