"Yeah, obviously, I got to keep my cool," Thielen told reporters after the game, via the Vikings' official website. "I got a lot of respect for him [Belichick] and what he's done. I can't lose it like that, but I just thought it was interesting timing for a guy to go down when it was a close play that could have been reviewed. So for me, I just lost my emotions."
When further pressed, Thielen emphasized he took issue with Chung going to the ground and not Belichick.
"I just thought the play was cheap," Thielen said. "I wasn't directing it toward him. I just thought the play was cheap, but like I said, I let the emotions get the best of me because it's a smart football play if you are in that situation. Why not? It's not cheating because there's no rule against it from a guy going down, and I don't know if he was hurt or not. He might have been hurt. That's fine. It is what it is, but like I said, just interesting timing for a guy to go down when it's a close play."
Thielen told reporters he did not talk to Belichick after the game, and he was not upset over what happened.
"No offense taken," Thielen said. "It's football. There's emotions. He can think what he wants to think about me and it doesn't really change how I'm going to go play the game. He can hate me all he wants and I'm still going to be the same person I am. I'm going to try to go out and do my best, and I'm going to try and compete every play."
Belichick attributed the confrontation as two competitors "exchanging holiday greetings" when asked about the incident during his postgame press conference.