The New England Patriots are trying to fan the flames of recent reports that there is a divide within the organization and quarterback Tom Brady has joined in the efforts.
Brady spoke about reports indicating that he celebrated the trading of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was ultimately sent to the San Francisco 49ers, during an appearance on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show on Tuesday.
“I think I’m very empathetic towards other people’s experiences” Brady said (h/t ESPN’s Mike Reiss).
“I know those situations aren’t easy. I’ve never been traded or released, but I can imagine how that might feel. I would never, ever feel that way about when Jimmy got traded, when Jacoby [Brissett] got traded. I’ve kept in touch with all those guys. When Matt Cassel was gone. All these guys I’ve worked with, I felt like I had such a great relationship with all the quarterbacks I’ve worked with. I kept in touch with basically everybody. So to characterize that as a certain way is just completely, completely wrong.”
Brady continued to deny that he was happy about Garoppolo’s departure.
“I’ve never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut. I would say that’s disappointing to hear that someone would express that, or a writer would express that, because it’s so far from what my beliefs are about my teammates.”
Brady, and other members of the Patriots organization, are dealing with the fallout of a report by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham last week in which Wickersham stated a divide and also wrote that Brady appeared “liberated” after the Garoppolo trade and that some players and staffers observed he “seemed especially excited, hollering and cajoling” at practice.