Tom Brady Blasts ESPN Story About Patriots’ Dysfunction, Strongly Disputes Pretty Much All Of It
Last week the big news in the NFL was a story ESPN ran written by Seth Wickersham in which he details some major dysfunction taking place within the New England Patriots organization. The main targets of the article were the Patriots’ big three: owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
Wickersham discussed, among many things, the power struggles between Belichick and Kraft, as well as Brady and Belichick. Kraft and Belichick have since responded, disputing the idea that there is any trouble brewing in New England.
On Monday, Belichick was asked about the story and called it “random” and “baseless,” according to WEEI. He also said he hadn’t read the article, so…?
For his part, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, Kraft said parts of the ESPN story were “a total fabrication and fiction.” Kraft also firmly believes that Belichick will still be the coach of the team in 2018.
Tuesday morning, it was Tom Brady’s turn. Appearing on his weekly segment with WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan Show,” Brady made it very clear that the ESPN report, which he, like Belichick, hasn’t read the entire thing, was filled with inaccuracies.
“Well, I think there’s a lot of things that are said,” Brady said. “I think you can go about your life, certainly here with this team, and try and do what I have always done for a long time and that’s be a good teammate, work as hard as I can to help the team win, and then somebody can write something to contradict that and it’s up to everybody to believe what they want to believe. I don’t put too much thought into it, really. I think I have a great relationship with my teammates, and if others don’t feel like they have a great relationship with me, that is one thing, but I try and do what I have always done and be the best teammate I can be. I don’t think that has ever really changed in my mind.”