New England Patriots running back earned national attention after rushing for an incredible 201 yards and four touchdowns during his team’s victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. But when the star showed up late for practice at Gillette Stadium on Friday, head coach Bill Belichick sent him home immediately, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe.
Jonas Gray was late to Gillette Stadium this morning and sent home, according to two sources. That's why he wasn't at practice.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 21, 2014
When it comes to tardiness and other unfavorable behavior, Belichick has a reputation for being one of the toughest coaches in the league. His coaching style made national headlines in 2009 when he sent four players home, including then-superstar Randy Moss, for being late because of a snowstorm.
Belichick’s star cornerback was also sent home earlier this season for tardiness.
Though the reason for Gray’s Friday tardiness was unknown, the running back reportedly planned to return to his team’s facility on Friday to formally apologize to Belichick.
New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Gray plans to return to Gillette this afternoon to apologize to Bill Belichick.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 21, 2014
Before Sunday’s monster performance, Gray had rushed for just 131 yards and zero touchdowns. He was recently on the cover of Sports Illustrated, CBS Boston noted.