First-year Lions coach Matt Patricia got into it with a reporter over his posture. We're sure it had nothing to do with the reporter asking him about Golden Tate’s trade.
On Wednesday during a press conference, when a reporter asked a reasonable question to Patricia about the wide receiver Golden Tate trade, Detroit’s coach didn’t take it in the best way and scold him for his posture.
“Why do you think this move [Golden Tate’s trade] makes your franchise better?” the reporter asked.
To which Patricia—who looked clearly exasperated—didn't want to answer until he asked the question in a professional manner. "Umm, well, you know. Do me a favor just kind of sit up, just like, have a little respect for the process. Every day you come and ask me questions and you're just kind of like you know, 'Give me this.' But I mean like... "
Before the trade deadline, the Detroit Lions agreed to send wide receiver Golden Tate to the Eagles for a third-round pick. A move that a lot of people didn’t like at all since Tate leads the Lions’ receivers with 44 catches for 517 yards and is tied with Marvin Jones with three touchdowns. Even when it’s understandable that this was a deal which seeks to improve the franchise long-term, with a 3-4 record and just a game out of first place in the NFC North, fans believe Tate shouldn’t have been traded — at least not for a third-round pick.
However, Patricia’s scolding didn't stop there.
"I'm asking just to be a little respectful in this whole process,” added the former New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator, “So ask me a question professionally and I'll answer it for you."
Apparently, the reporter changed his posture and finally, he could make the question. The Lions’ coach answered that the trade will help them long-term and that the team has to look at the big picture.
"Those decisions are not easy. It's more about players, it's about relationships. Friendships. It's working together for a long time," Patricia pointed out. "I talked to Golden at length yesterday. I talked to him last night. Really wanted to make sure he was alright moving forward. Know he's going to a good place with some people who are going to take care of him, and he and his family are important to me.
Regardless, of the reporter’s position – which is unknown – Patricia’s reaction was out of place.
Watch the full interaction: