NFL Films chooses not to release audio of exchange between Tom Brady, Tyrann Mathieu

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Something happened between Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu before halftime of Super Bowl LV. That something was captured by NFL Films microphones. That something won’t be revealed by NFL Films.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL’s in-house production company won’t be disclosing the content of the exchange between Brady and Mathieu. As the source explained it, NFL Films typically does not reveal the audio of such squabbles between players.

“He called me something I won’t repeat but yeah I’ll let all the media throw me under bus as if I did something or said something to him,” Mathieu said in a tweet that he posted but then deleted after the game. That prompted speculation from some that Brady used a slur or something else that crossed the line.

Michael Irvin, who apparently has heard the audio, said on Rich Eisen’s show that no slurs were used. As the source explained it to PFT, the Brady-Mathieu exchange included nothing stronger than the typical profanity heard throughout any NFL game.

It’s a shame that NFL Films won’t release audio that has independent news value, given that the interaction between Brady and Mathieu resulted in a flag being thrown against Mathieu. It’s also unfortunate that NFL Films doesn’t embrace audio of player squabbles.

Then again, given audio of NHL players that periodically comes to light, maybe it’s good that the NFL doesn’t.

16 responses to “NFL Films chooses not to release audio of exchange between Tom Brady, Tyrann Mathieu

  1. Understandable move by NFL Films. No reason to release the audio. That stuff happens every game in the heat of competition. Let it go and move on.

  2. Tyrann Mathieu is a scumbag for implying that there was something more to this than there really was. He was trying to light a fire with his BS “He called me something I won’t repeat” line.

  3. If you could release it to just to people who won’t make a big deal about it, that would work. I am sure I would laugh at it and not think less of either involved but I don’t let what happens on the field dictate what I think of a person. That is a field of competition, where we can be a little primal.

  4. No, the last thing anyone or society needs is to hear 2 people argue or trash talk. If it gets picked up during the broadcast of the game somehow that’s fine but we dont need this to turn into a reality tv show.

  5. For what it’s worth, Michael Irvin heard the audio and said that nothing racist was said. Probably a profanity laden tirade directed at Matthieu that benefits no one but TMZ tier outlets if it were to be released.

  6. Not a big Brady fan, but gotta give it to him for saying something bad enough to tick Tyrann off without it being racial or a slur.

  7. The league protecting Brady’s image
    If it was another player it would be released or leaked

  8. You could read Brady lips. He said, don’t take it too bad you’re just another chump to get burned by the goat.

  9. I’m not a big Tom Brady fan, but there’s no way he’s using any slurs on the football field.

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