It doesn't sound as if Peyton Hillis and Joe Thomas will be exchanging Christmas cards this year.
On Thursday, Hillis, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, fired back at his former Cleveland Browns teammate who was critical of him earlier in the week.
“Joe Thomas, he can have his opinions all he wants,” Hillis told the Associated Press. “It's kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend, you know? It's been over a year. Get over it. But I don't know. I guess when you get paid over $100 million by one team, it's kind of easy to point the finger at another guy and hate on him for trying to get another contract.”
Thomas was critical of the way Hillis handled himself in Cleveland last year after having had a breakout season in 2010.
“He was everything people knew about him — hard-working, blue-collar, tough, would do anything for anybody on the team,” Thomas said. “All he cared about was winning, and then all of a sudden the next year, all he cared about was trying to get his new contract.”
Hillis missed a game with strep throat and several others with a hamstring injury. He missed treatments in order to go to Arkansas to get married, a move that did not sit well with Thomas.
“It was kind of one weird thing after another more than anything,” Thomas said. “We have guys getting married during the season and it's not a big deal. When you're injured and you should be getting treatment, to go do your own thing repeatedly was just disrespectful more than anything to his teammates.”
Thomas said Hillis wouldn't listen to advice from his Browns teammates.
“People who thought they were very close friends with him, he wouldn't listen to anybody,” Thomas said. “He thought he knew the right way to do it and it ended up not being the right way and hurting everybody. Not just himself. It was a tough situation.”
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