There are three guarantees in life - death, taxes and NFL players, coaches and fans accusing the New England Patriots of bending the rules and cheating in some form.
The Pittsburgh Steelers complained about such a problem in their 2015 season opener vs. the Patriots, though the NFL cleared Bill Belichick and co. of any wrongdoing. Three years later, the matter is bring brought up again.
This time, New York Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates seemingly accused the Patriots of sabotaging their headsets whenever they travel to Foxborough, after explaining that the team experienced such issues in each of the first three weeks.
"We've tried to correct it," Bates said, via Andy Vasquez of NorthJersey.com. "Obviously, [we] understand that that can happen at any time -- especially in New England."
The Patriots own five Super Bowl championships in the 21st century, but many football fans are quick to point out the series of controversies that have been linked to the organization.
In the 2007 season, then-Jets head coach Eric Mangini (a former Patriots assistant), ratted out Belichick in the infamous Spygate scandal.
The Patriots violated league rules by filming Jets' signals during the 2007 season opener, and it caused many to question the cleanness and legitimacy of their first three Super Bowls. Belichick was fined $500,000, the Patriots $250,000 and the team was stripped of its 2018 first-round pick.
Then there was the infamous Deflategate scandal, in which the league found the Patriots had used deflated footballs in the 2014 AFC Championship game vs. the Indianapolis Colts. When all was said and done, Tom Brady was suspended the first four games of 2016, the team was fined $1 million and lost its 2016 first-round pick and 2017 fourth-round pick.
The Jets-Patriots rivalry is one of the most heated in all of North American sports, and Bates is only adding more to it with the comments. The two teams will first meet in Week 12, and we simply can't wait for the rivalry to resume.