“He was everything people knew about him — hard-working, blue-collar, tough, would do anything for anybody on the team,” Thomas said. “All he cared about was winning, and then all of a sudden the next year, all he cared about was trying to get his new contract.”
Thomas specifically pointed to Hillis leaving the team to get married during the season, at a time when he needed treatment for injuries.
“It was kind of one weird thing after another more than anything,” Thomas said. “We have guys getting married during the season and it’s not a big deal. When you’re ‘injured’ [yes, Thomas used air quotes . . . take that, Kuselias] and you should be getting treatment, to go do your own thing repeatedly was just disrespectful more than anything to his teammates.”
Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis defended himself Thursday after he was criticized by Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas for his actions last season when he played with the Browns.
“It’s kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend,” Hillis said of Thomas. “It’s been over a year. Get over it. I guess when you get paid over $100 million dollars by one team, it’s kind of easy to point the finger at other guys and try to hate on them for trying to get another contract.”
The Chiefs play against the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland.
“Joe Thomas, he can have his opinions all he wants,” Hillis said Thursday. “It’s kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend, you know? It’s been over a year. Get over it. But I don’t know. I guess when you get paid over $100 million by one team, it’s kind of easy to point the finger at another guy and hate on him for trying to get another contract.”
The salty words are sure to add another layer of intrigue to Sunday’s game in Cleveland between the Chiefs and Browns. Besides Hillis, other former Browns making their return include quarterback Brady Quinn, coach Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.