I was in the hopes that the Peter King-Wade Phillips episode would have died a quick and painless death. But not so fast – Michael David Smith of AOL NFL Fanhouse is reporting that Peter King of SI.com has defended his remarks regarding the Dallas Cowboys head coach in his Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQ to those who are familiar with King’s work). Here’s King’s explanation:
“I think, for the record, here’s my side of Wade Phillips calling me a quote-fabricator. We spoke last Tuesday night about his team’s miracle win in Buffalo, and after that we talked about the idiocy of the late-game field-goal do-overs, about the Patriots’ Spygate scandal, and about how he hopes the league will pass a coach-to-defense communication system the same way the league allows quarterbacks to get plays called into their helmets. He said the league’s sanctioning the Patriots for cheating “was a black mark on their success … not that I bet they gained much from it.” He praised the Patriots and thought they deserved all the credit for winning the three Super Bowls.
I reported what he said about the “black mark” on HBO’s Inside the NFL show, and Phillips denied saying it in press conferences over the next two days. All I said afterwards was that I stand behind what I said, and that’s all I will continue to say, because really, what else is there to say? He said it, I reported it, he disputes it. I dispute his denial. This job is based in part on trust, and you are going to have to decide who you trust — Phillips or me.”
Smith goes on to say that he trusts what King says over anything Phillips had to say about the Spygate incident, because, and I quote Smith, “King’s the one who was writing down everything that was said in the conversation.” Which brings up what I had said before regarding this subject which was posted here at NFL GRIDIRON GAB very recently – Michael, you’d be doing your job if you instead of taking some scribe’s word for what it is worth simply asked the source for some handwritten notes or something that proves anything that Phillips said regarding this episode.
And Peter – you should be taken to task for using the “it’s a matter of who do you trust” card. I mean really – if you truly stand by anything that was said, you’d give up your notes or whatever you use to base your allegations. Just saying “who do you trust”, in my opinion, just doesn’t cut it. Granted, I am just a writer for a blog site, but I do have to reveal who my sources are instead of saying “trust me, if I write it then it must be true”. And as I said before, until King does divulge something that truthfully shows that Phillips did in fact quote what you said, I will tend to believe Phillips until you can prove otherwise. Oh and Michael? Man-up and make Peter reveal his stuff.