Tom Brady sidesteps the Antonio Brown controversy

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Thursday morning’s social-media barrage from Antonio Brown included a bizarre claim that Tom Brady and Alex Guerrero lured Brown to the Buccaneers so that they could charge him exorbitant amounts for TB12 services. Although Brown later tried to backtrack, he said what he said — and it resonated throughout the NFL all day long.

Coincidentally on Thursday, Brady had his weekly press conference. He was asked to describe his feelings regarding his now-former teammate. Not surprisingly, Brady said not much.

“I think there’s a lot of personal feelings, obviously,” Brady said. “I don’t think this is really the week to discuss it though. I’m just going to do the best I can do as the quarterback of the team, try to put together a great week and finish strong. You just always deal with different things over the course of the season and that’s what we’re doing this week.”

Brady also was asked if he’s aware of possible teammate injuries during games (he said he’s focused on his own job). Likewise, he was asked whether he knows who is being targeted with passes, since the team is pushing the idea that Brown’s blowup traces to unhappiness over not getting the ball.

“I think you’d always like to target — you want to get everyone involved, obviously,” Brady said. “I think the receiver position there is always — they’re a long way from the football, when you stand out there. As a quarterback, you honestly do the best you can do. You try to read the coverage, try to find the open guy and realize that guys are going to be open and unfortunately don’t get it sometimes and other times you make bad reads, and you make bad throws. Just part of playing football and playing quarterback.”

Based on the transcript circulated by the team, Brady wasn’t asked about the shot that Brown fired as to Guerrero and Brady’s side hustle. Chances are, if asked, that Brady would have found a way to string together words that ultimately said not much of anything.

36 responses to “Tom Brady sidesteps the Antonio Brown controversy

  1. I can’t think of any great receiver who didn’t want to be thrown to more often.

  2. Is there anyone more polished at answering question or dealing with controversy better than Brady. Dude is always 100% on point. Very impressive to do for 20+ years.

  3. How many other Buccaneers are coughing up cash to Guerrero? One more reason why Belichick was ready to move on.

  4. I don’t understand why AB would even be active and dressed if he we’re unable to play….is that not against the rules?

  5. The meaning of having grace and class. TB12 is the best at not saying anything but saying a lot in the process.

  6. Brady’s going to do what he’s always done – focus on the next game. Involvement in any controversy is a distraction, and he will avoid any such diistraction.

  7. Brady even admitted he is a pathological liar admitting he lies about 90% of everything he says so why does anyone believe this fraud. He protected brown because brown has info to expose him.

  8. The NFL is like a soap opera. All drama and while most followers won’t admit it, they eat this crap up.

  9. This is why teams shouldn’t let players make personal decisions belichick and the Pat’s understand that but other teams are cratering to it.

  10. Tom Brady is worth hundreds of millions, but his wife is the main breadwinner in the family. Yeah, an elaborate scheme to bring in AB to milk him for a few thousand bucks wouldn’t even make sense to the most insane person. A total whackjob would have to make such allegations.

  11. Wouldn’t trust Brady as far as I can throw him. He’s already admitted himself that he hardly ever says what he’s actually thinking.

  12. Brady is not “always 100% on point” when it comes to controversies he has a direct role in. He evades just like BB does and he doesn’t take accountability. If he really had “empathy” for Brown, he would’ve helped Brown address it before he offered to have him live in his house.

  13. I’m sure Tom wanted “Brown” to come play with him when it helped him the most get another ring. Nothing wrong with that but he had to know there would be a time that it would all blow up. Well, it just happened and Tom was no where to be found. He should run for office as he’s quite the fence sitter when something like this happens. Right or wrong .. losing Brown as a wr is going to hurt TB .. period.

  14. Brady just being cordial. He doesn’t need to say anything. He’s trying to remain cordial likely in hopes of maintaining a professional atmosphere. More people could take note on professionalism.

  15. AB started digging his own grave (in Brady’s eyes) with the false vaccination card, and then finished it off in epic fashion. It’s not Brady’s job to jump in the grave with him, but it’s clear that Brady is offended by how AB chose to flame out.

  16. Just like he sidestepped why he destroyed his cell phone. People don’t destroy their phone unless they’re covering up something. 🤔

  17. He’s throwing Arians under the bus in this statement he’s saying in a subtle dig that he’s giving Brown enough targets. Don’t blame him Arians hid the true nature of Brown’s injury all along.

  18. Brady is on record as saying that 90% of what he says publicly is not true, so who cares what he says. By vouching to Brown, Brady hitched his wagon to the wrong pony.

  19. I thought Tom would say, “I’d like to apologize to the Bucs and all Buc fans for creating this mess. On the other hand, you’re welcome for the super bowl.”

  20. thurmanmerman99 says:
    January 6, 2022 at 7:12 pm
    Brady even admitted he is a pathological liar admitting he lies about 90% of everything he says so why does anyone believe this fraud. He protected brown because brown has info to expose him.
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    ROFLMFAO!!! Brady admitted to taking the high road instead of insulting people in a public forum. Brady admitted to giving the other team more credit than he felt they deserved before a game. Rather than give them bulletin board material by saying I think this corner sucks, he would say they have a good defense and solid backs etc. This is not the act of a pathological liar. This is an act of human decency at best, and gamesmanship at worst. He basically likened himself to the intelligent husband who tells his wife she looks great when asked if she looks fat. Is it a lie? Sure. Is it pathological or in any way meant to harm someone? No – it’s the exact opposite.

  21. jimmysee says:
    January 6, 2022 at 5:09 pm
    Brady learned from the master of not saying much, Coach Belichick.

    443 25 Rate This

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    We were told BB had no influence or knowledge shared with Brady of any kind.

  22. We were told BB had no influence or knowledge shared with Brady of any kind.

    No one ever said Brady didn’t learn anything from BB
    It took both to accomplish all they did

    Stop trying so hard.

  23. For all saying this bit Brady and the bucs…..they won a SUPER BOWL with him on the team. There are plenty of moves that teams make just to try and make the playoffs let alone win it all. Brady won with AB, they tried again, and it didn’t work out. I’d take that gamble everytime.

    It’s amazing how people who claim Brady is a cheater still post incorrect stuff about deflategate. Brady destroyed his phone….yeah like plenty of people do. It wasn’t destroyed on the spot. He didn’t know what the future would bring when he replaced his phone. And all the info was retrieved off the phone thru the phone company, given to the investigation, and nothing incriminating was on it. Most damaging thing on his phone was him wanting a white pool cover and him saying Manning was almost done and he had plenty of years left.

    I guess that’s as damaging as TB12 giving AB a full refund cause he wasn’t satisfied. I understand the hatred from the usual but so many Pats fans is surprising. Your hatred should be on belichick for wanting Brady to leave, not on Brady for leaving and continuing to be successful.

  24. patsrule says:
    January 7, 2022 at 9:08 am
    Brady is on record as saying that 90% of what he says publicly is not true

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    One of the many reasons why he lost me in the past few years. Tired of defending a fake. I was one of the biggest and most obnoxious Brady defenders here and proudly so. Not anymore.

    If he lost me… then the dude really is lost. 🙂

  25. With 3, 4, sometimes 5 recievers in on a play and only 1 football there’s not enough targets for everyone, the men know this the diva’s whine, cry and moan about it!

  26. bunners1 says:
    January 7, 2022 at 7:33 am
    I’m sure Tom wanted “Brown” to come play with him when it helped him the most get another ring. Nothing wrong with that but he had to know there would be a time that it would all blow up. Well, it just happened and Tom was no where to be found. He should run for office as he’s quite the fence sitter when something like this happens. Right or wrong .. losing Brown as a wr is going to hurt TB .. period.
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    Losing a locker room cancer has never hurt a team!

  27. Brady destroyed his phone….yeah like plenty of people do.
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    Plenty of people like who?

    Someone covering up a crime? Or has top secret data on their phone?

    I don’t think Tommy is either. So why did he destroy his phone?

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