Pa­tri­ots file tam­per­ing charges against Tex­ans

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Mark Daniels, The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal (Prov­i­dence, R.I.)

The Hous­ton Tex­ans started to em­u­late the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots in 2014 when they hired for­mer Pa­tri­ots of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bill O’Brien as their head coach. Since then, we’ve seen mul­ti­ple com­mon con­nec­tions pop up in the Tex­ans or­ga­ni­za­tion. From as­sis­tant coaches to play­ers, there are many Pa­tri­ots-cen­tric themes down in Hous­ton.

As it turns out, the Pa­tri­ots think the Tex­ans have fi­nally gone too far.

On Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to ESPN, the Pa­tri­ots filed tam­per­ing charges with the NFL against the Tex­ans for their at­tempted gen­eral man­ager hire of Nick Case­rio. The NFL is re­port­edly set to be­gin an in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Hous­ton and the al­le­ga­tions.

The Tex­ans fired their GM Brian Gaine last Fri­day — a day af­ter the Pa­tri­ots Su­per Bowl ring cer­e­mony. Case­rio was at the cer­e­mony along with for­mer Pa­tri­ots team chap­lain Jack Easterby. Easterby left Foxboro this off­sea­son to be­come Hous­ton’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of team de­vel­op­ment.

On the day that the Tex­ans fired Gaine, they re­quested permission to in­ter­view Case­rio. The Pa­tri­ots re­port­edly never an­swered. Now we know why.

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