Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two months, then you already know about disgraced former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown who recently announced his retirement in the wake of the New England Patriots releasing the wide out after only eleven days.
Not only did the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders release him, Brown is accused of sexual assault and rape against two different women.
And when asked about his former teammate’s allegations, Tom Brady had a curiously odd incoherent ramble about Antonio Brown.
The good news for the New England Patriots is that they’re Super Bowl favorites with or without the best receiver in football, Antonio Brown. If you saw the way the Patriots annihilated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 on Sunday Night Football then you already know Brown was just another added weapon to an already dominate team.
Upon being released from the Oakland Raiders for his childish reckless behavior, many analysts thought the culture in the New England Patriots’ organization would have a positive effect on the erratic athlete.
Even after he was named in a civil suit for allegedly raping and sexual assaulting his personal trainer, and even after a Sports Illustrated article claimed Brown exposed himself to a painter when he commissioned her for a piece, the Patriots stood by him.
The straw that broke the camel’s back, however, was threatening and intimidating text messages he sent to the artist in the SI issue, which apparently infuriated Pats owner Robert Kraft so much so that he released him immediately.
Of course, whether they like it or not, it’s the media’s job to ask anybody associated with the team, particularly head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, about what exactly happened.
Belichick is notorious for giving short nearly wordless answers and that was the case before the Patriots played the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.
When asked about it, Belichick gave the interviewer a cold dead stare.
Confirmed: Bill Belichick is an asshole. pic.twitter.com/g6K37OnRy1
— Matt Mullin (@matt_mullin) September 22, 2019
Tom Brady handled the question way differently. The Patriots quarterback seemed to become oddly existential about answering the question this morning on his regularly scheduled radio interview.
When asked where he stood on the Brown issue, Brady replied, “a lot of personal feelings, none of which I really care to share. It’s a difficult situation, and, um, you know, that’s kind of how I feel.”
But when asked to extrapolate on a follow up question, Brady took the bate.
He said, “It’s so easy for us to blame and shame because everyone has a voice now. A lot of them can just be nameless, faceless comments that are very difficult for people. You love too much, that’s a problem. You hate too much, that’s a problem. You win too much, that’s a problem. You lose too much, that’s a problem. Everything ends up being a problem. So you just have to focus on, look at yourself, and ‘What do I believe in? What are my beliefs?’ I’m responsible for my own beliefs. I’m responsible for my own actions. And I’m going to do the best I can do to contribute in the best way possible. I’m not going to add on. I’m not going to be a part of this culture that can become very negative, can become very blaming, very much point fingers. I think as a parent, what responsibility do we have to teach our children? What society do we want this to become? How do we choose in the role we have to make a difference, to contribute in a positive way? And if we don’t, that’s our choice. For me, based on my upbringing, my choice is something that’s different than that.”
Brady is clearly talking about cancel culture, which has been the term of the month in America where Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr controversially joked about in their subsequent Netflix specials.
But this is such an odd incoherent way to ramble about it. Ironically, Brady is saying a lot of things here without having much of any substance at all. To be fair, Brady was probably not equipped to answer that question at all.