In his weekly appearance on The Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he wasn’t watching HBO’s Hard Knocks because he hates the Jets. Most of the 20-minute appearance was spent talking about the offense and the development of the team’s three new tight ends, but Brady leveled when asked if he had watched the Jets on Hard Knocks as relayed by Pro Football Talk:
You know, I haven’t turned it on. I hate the Jets. I refuse to support that show. … I’m sure it’s great TV and I’m glad people are liking it. But that’s something I have no interest in watching. I’d love to say a lot of mean things, too, but I’d rather not do that, either.”
I think Brady handled that quite well. Even though he was on local Boston sports radio, I don’t think he was playing to the audience. Tom was smart not to elaborate and explained how it’s probably entertaining but not for him.
We went through something similar when Brandon Phillips said he hated the Cardinals. I liked seeing Phillips share his feelings (and those of the fans), but he went too far calling them “bitches.” Brady shared his thoughts without getting into offensive territory the way Phillips did. Tom plays in the AFC East — he should hate the Jets and his other rivals the same way the fans do. These comments should provide a nice relief for Pats fans who have questioned Tom’s allegiances recently.Google+