New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hit back at an ESPN bombshell report that was published Friday, detailing the internal crumbling of the franchise, particularly how Brady’s attitude shifted following backup Jimmy Garoppolo’s trade to the San Francisco 49ers in October.
The ESPN The Magazine story said “some players and staffers noticed that Brady seemed especially excited, hollering and cajoling” when Garoppolo was dealt.
“I think that’s just such a poor characterization of anything, Brady said during his weekly appearance on Boston’s ‘Kirk and Callahan Show’ Tuesday morning. “In 18 years, I’ve never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut,” Brady said on Tuesday during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show. “I would say that’s disappointing to hear that someone would express that, or a writer would express that, because it’s so far from what my beliefs are about my teammates.
“I think I’m very empathetic toward other people’s experiences. I know those situations aren’t easy. I’ve never been traded or released, but I can imagine how that might feel. I would never, ever feel that way about when Jimmy got traded, when Jacoby [Brissett] got traded. I’ve kept in touch with all those guys. When Matt Cassel was gone. All these guys I’ve worked with, I felt like I had such a great relationship with all the quarterbacks I’ve worked with. I kept in touch with basically everybody. So to characterize that as a certain way is just completely, completely wrong.”
Brady said he didn’t read the ESPN The Magazine story “cover to cover” but felt like he “got most of it.”
“I think there are a lot of things that are said, he said when asked if the ESPN story bothered him. “I think you can go about your life, and certainly here with this team, and try to do what I’ve always done for a long time, and be a good teammate, and work as hard as I can to help the team win, and then somebody can write something to contradict that, and I think it’s up to everybody to believe what they want to believe.
“I don’t put too much thought into it, really. I feel like I have a great relationship with my teammates. If others don’t feel like they have a great relationship with me, that’s one thing, but I try to do what I’ve always done and be the best teammate I can be. I don’t think that’s ever really changed in my mind.”
Asked what was true in the story, Brady called that “a tough question.”
“Everyone has different truths,” Brady said. “When you talk about the way I see things, the way you guys see things, the way the writer may see things, the way Coach Belichick may see things, everyone has different truths based on their perspectives. I feel like I go about my business like I have every year, and again, I like to speak for myself, because that’s how — I don’t want to speak on someone else’s behalf or what their experiences are. I try to do the best I can do, like I’ve always done.”