Tom Brady did not want to cause a public rift by publicly stating how he really felt towards Antonio Brown being released, but privately he’s been letting people know that he disagrees with the decision.
Tom E. Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com sent out a damning report on Thursday that stated the Patriots future hall of fame QB viewed Brown as a uniquely talented receiver and he was not happy with him being let go so easily.
Via NBC Sports:
“A bummed-out quarterback who had five practices and one game with an ultra-rare talent. He went all-in trying to make it work, got close to Brown and tried to understand and help him. He’s not happy Brown got flushed both because the football was going to be sublime and Brady thought Brown was reachable.
I was told the practice performance of Brady when Brown was on the field was almost perfect. There were more than a half-dozen plays Brown made that were breathtaking. He was beyond anything Brady ever worked with.
Brady was trying to help Brown stabilize. He disagrees with the business decision made by Robert Kraft to jettison Brown.”
On Monday, Brady was on his weekly spot on WEEI and basically stated in numerous ways of how he liked Antonio Brown on the team.
“You want everyone to become the best they could they could possibly be. And you try to provide leadership and try to care for people. You try to provide whatever you think you can to help them reach their highest potential,” Brady continued. “Whatever situation it is, and I’ve had a lot of teammates over the years. So you invest not just your head but you heart, your soul. That’s what makes a great team, that’s what makes a great brotherhood.”
He also stated he did not appreciate his personal conversation with Robert Kraft getting out to the public.
“Well, that was a private conversation that I wish had remained private,” when asked about his comment to the Pats owner on him being “one million percent in” on signing AB.
Brady continued as he seemed to take another shot at Kraft.
“I don’t make any personnel decisions. I don’t decide to sign players. I don’t decide to trade then. I don’t decide to release them. I don’t decide to draft them. I don’t get asked, I show up and do my job. I’m an employee like everyone else. I’m going to show 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.”
Kraft reportedly became enraged upon finding out Brown had sent harassing text messages to a woman that accused him of sexual misconduct. That was the second woman to accuse him of such, but she wasn’t trying to sue him or anything, just bring light to his past bad behavior.
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