Agent who represents Brady and Garoppolo: “Don’t believe everything you read”

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Agent Don Yee is caught squarely in the middle of this morning’s ESPN story about the inner workings of the Patriots and their big personalities.

As the agent for both quarterback Tom Brady and since-traded backup Jimmy Garoppolo, he’s in a position to offer insight few others are.

Via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Yee urged caution with the Seth Wickersham report, not quite going #fakenews but leaning in that direction.

I don’t really know what to say,” Yee said. “It’s tough to have a response since it didn’t appear to me to have one on-the-record quote. All I can suggest is don’t believe everything you read.”

Of course, the absence of on-the-record quotes doesn’t mean the story isn’t true. And Yee has a vested interest in keeping the band together, just as he did maximizing Garoppolo’s earning potential.

35 responses to “Agent who represents Brady and Garoppolo: “Don’t believe everything you read”

  1. Of course, the absence of on-the-record quotes doesn’t mean the story isn’t true

    Doesn’t mean it is either. But you guys excel in the mud. No better than the 4 letter network.

  2. I’m not a big Patriots fan. But I agree with Yee. Just last week there were wild mischaracterizations on this site about what happened in Green Bay. It’s easy to take a few facts and layer over a speculative narrative that paints a picture that just was never there. I’m guessing Brady, Belichick, and Kraft will be just fine.

  3. All of this is likely untrue. However, Tom Brady is a 40 year old man. Most 40 year old men should have enough self-respect that that they should not tolerate being screamed at by their boss.

  4. There’s just no real substance to Wickerham’s piece. It’s as though it was spun out of the Boston sports media nonsense minus the yelling. Felger & Spazz with laryngitis but without the condescension and you pretty much have the article.

  5. Oh, don’t worry, when a story begins with, a report from ESPN …. I’m not gonna believe much, if I even bother to read it. Most of the time it’s better to just wait a few hours and let more credible sources break the story down, or in most cases, blow holes in it.

  6. “Of course, the absence of on-the-record quotes doesn’t mean the story isn’t true. ” – Well if you dont want to believe what someone is saying on record then you will only believe what suits you.

  7. The story describes Belichick’s and Brady’s feelings and thought process yet Seth Wickersham appears to have never spoken with them! This is a hatchet job filled with unattributed “quotes”, speculation and selective incidents that exposes the once proud ESPN as the National Enquirer of sports! Of course there are tensions in any successful organization filled with hyper competitive personalities. The Patriots have made it work for eighteen years! I hope Seth Wickersham enjoys his fifteen minutes of fame. Unless the Patriot organization comes apart after the NFL season the story will become an anchor for his career.

  8. Meaning, someone tried to piece together rumors and smaller issues and theorized what went may or may not have happened.

    However, there’s a bit of information that seems like someone would need to be in the know in order for the author to get.

  9. .
    Q. Of NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC/ESPN, which network’s football season is over? Which one is trying to remain NFL relevant? Which has a well deserved reputation for manufacturing sports news?
    .

  10. Yee got busted for his conflict of interest and now doesn’t know what to say. He didn’t actually deny it.

  11. “Of course, the absence of on-the-record quotes doesn’t mean the story isn’t true.”

    We are just supposed to take ESPNs word for it. That has always worked out well in the past. Journalism itself is lost in the desert.

  12. Is anyone at all surprised? The playoffs are starting. It’s time for breaking news about dissension, controversy, scandal, cheating,panic within the Patriots. Funny how it always happens that way and then after the playoffs are over, well it turns out quite that way at all.

  13. Okay, then I especially won’t believe what I read from Don Yee, because of his obvious bias in the situation…

  14. I love this stuff……..since 2001 I have been reading media hype and bore about the demise and doom and gloom of the Patriots and their team.

    Yet since all that time…. we have just gone on to the best team over that time span…….. bar none.

  15. “I don’t really know what to say,” Yee said. “It’s tough to have a response since it didn’t appear to me to have one on-the-record quote. All I can suggest is don’t believe everything you read.”
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    So true, especially when the drivel is coming from the BSPN out of all places.

  16. Honestly, if you’re leaning on “the absence of on-the-record quotes doesn’t mean the story isn’t true”, then maybe your story isn’t that solid.

  17. “Don’t believe agents.
    Don’t trust agents.
    They only care about dollars”.

    What a ludicrous statement. If the agents who have been in the business for many years “only care about dollars” they would have been out of the business long ago.

    Most agents are honest with their clients and the teams that deal with. If they weren’t, they would have no clients and the teams would not do business with them.

  18. espn is a joke. one of these days they will actually get a story right (with lots of luck), just like if you put 10,000 monkees in a room with a typewrite and one day one of them will write a sentence you can understand. Maybe they should try that!

  19. Tom has earned the right to deep respect and latitude, but it’s Bill’s team and medical/treatment system.

    Without Bill, Brady would not be the GOAT and Kraft’s hallowed walls would not be decked with a plethora of championship trophies.

    Bill’s teams have won without Tom after injuries and during suspension… Matt, Jimmy, Jacoby. Bill’s teams have won through the years with MANY different receivers, running backs, line backers, lineman, etc. MANY different replacements and puzzle pieces.

    BILL has been the constant… that Mr. Kraft may be woefully underestimating in the equation.

  20. “You could just feel the anger and tension between Brady and Belichick when Belichick picked Brady up off the ground at the end of SB LI and then when they stood together on the podium laughing while Goodell was booed by the crowd during the trophy presentation.” — ESPN

  21. Don’t believe everything implies we should believe some of the things we read. If the story was completely made, he would have said don’t believe anything. Interesting.

  22. Has Goodell investigated Todd Haley’s bar room fight yet and how he ended up with a shattered pelvis?

    Just checking.

    Any updates on the PSI data?

    What about Peyton Manning admitting PEDs were sent to his house and lying as to why they were sent there?

    Have the Giants been punished for cheating and lying, using Walkie Talkies on the sidelines>? What abotu the Raiders warming up the balls artificially on the sidelines?

    How is the Eli Manning memorabilia scam investigation coming?

    Hmm.

  23. Don’t most of you fans always squeal “Give me sources”…”Give me quotes”. The ESPN story has no quotes and the sources are fuzzy. Yet, your’e on here trashing the agent? That makes no sense at all.

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