Tom Brady seems bothered his conversation about Antonio Brown was leaked
Tom Brady seems annoyed that a conversation he had about the New England Patriots signing Antonio Brown was leaked and reported.
The day after the Patriots were reported to have agreed to sign Brown to a contract, Al Michaels shared some insight on “Sunday Night Football” into Brady’s thoughts on Brown.
The NBC announcer said he was told by Patriots owner Robert Kraft that Brady was “a million percent in” on signing Brown and that the quarterback even offered to house Brown.
Brady joined Westwood One’s Jim Gray for his weekly Monday interview and alluded to Michaels’ report by talking about Brady being 100 percent in on signing Brown (audio here).
Gray: “You were 100% ‘in’ when they brought in Antonio Brown. What are your thoughts on his coming and going so quickly?”
Brady: “That was supposed to be a private conversation, but one thing I’ve certainly learned over 20 years of playing football is I can control what I can control. I’m gonna show up every day to do the best job I can do to be a leader of the team, to embrace new teammates, to embrace the coaching, the challenges that we are all going to face. It’s a difficult year; we’re all faced with different adversities, different teams at different times. We’ve had our fair share and we are going to do our very best to overcome whatever is presented in front of us the entire season.”
It’s unclear whether Brady is upset that Kraft shared the details of the conversation with Michaels, or with Michaels for sharing something on air that was supposed to be off the record. Either way, he’s obviously bothered the conversation was leaked.
Gray also asked Brady about rumors the quarterback did not agree with Kraft releasing Brown.
“There are always reports and speculation about a lot of things that I have said or have not said or been a part of. The reality is I don’t make any personnel decisions. I don’t decide to sign players. I don’t decide to trade them. I don’t decide to release them. I don’t decide to draft them. I don’t get asked. I show up and I do my job. I’m an employee like everyone else. I’m going to show up this week and do the best I can do as quarterback. Maybe one day I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want. I would probably have to play another 20 years in the NFL to be able to afford that,” Brady told Gray.
Brady appeared on “The Greg Hill Show” earlier in the day and said he wanted to keep his feelings on the matter private.
Tom Brady via @TheGregHillShow on Antonio Brown: "I do have a lot of personal feelings, none of which I want to share. … It is a difficult situation. That is how I feel."
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) September 23, 2019
Kraft was reported to have been “enraged” over Brown’s text messages harassing a second woman and released him amid an NFL investigation. Brown has since taken a shot at Kraft and said he is done with the NFL.