Bruce Arians and Tom Brady had to know they would be bombarded with questions about Antonio Brown. Well, they didn’t want to answer any of em. Let’s start with Brady.
While Brady was down to comment on the football aspect of the deal, he wouldn’t go much further. Brady was asked about Antonio Brown’s mental state, and offered this response.
“I’m not getting into personal conversations that we’ve had together,” Brady said. So the guys we have are amazing players and teammates – Mike [Evans], Chris [Godwin], Scotty [Miller], Tyler [Johnson], who caught a touchdown today, JWatt (Justin Watson), Cyril [Grayson], Mick (Jaydon Mickens), and the tight ends, Huddy (Tanner Hudson), Gronk (Rob Gronkowski), and Cam [Brate], obviously. They’re all doing a great job. We miss O.J. out there. We have a great group, and we’re all expected to go out there every day and help the team win, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to win football games. We’re trying to do a job.”
After Brady ducked some more AB questions, Pewter Report’s Tom Reynolds asked this.
“Tom, you’ve played with Antonio Brown,” Reynolds said. “How much influence did you have in him coming here and how would you describe Antonio as a player, and also as a person? He’s had some disturbing allegations against him.”
Here was Brady’s response.
“Ah, you had a lot of questions in there,” Brady responded. “Which one would you like me to answer?”
When Reynolds said all of them, Brady once again deferred to talking about him as a football player.
“Well, he’s a tremendous football player,” Brady said, via pewterreport.com. “I played with him for a brief period of time, and I’m looking forward to working with him again and seeing what kind of role he can come in and [play]. He’s a very hard-working guy. Again, we’re all going to go out there on the practice field and do the best we can do, and we’re going to see how it all fits together. There is a lot of hard work ahead. None of it magically happens. We realize that early in the season when we put a lot of new people together.”
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Arians Ready To Take The Heat For Antonio Brown Signing
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was also forced to speak on the signing. He wanted to make it clear that Tom Brady had nothing to do with it.
“I think he’s matured, and I believe in second chances,” Arians said Sunday to ESPN. “Everybody wants to say that Tom picked him. Tom didn’t have anything to do with it. This was something Jason and I had been talking [about] for a couple weeks, ever since the injuries to our other guys. When the time was right, would we see if we could pull the trigger and fit him in to what we want to get done? And we’ll see. If Antonio does what I think he’s gonna do, I think he’s gonna be fine.”
What a load of bullshit here from Brady and Arians. First of all, we all know Tom Brady had everything to do with this decision. No need to cover that one up. Also, how do you know he’s matured? Because of one conversation you had with him? Give me a break.
I get it, it’s a business. Antonio Brown will make the Bucs a better team. But when you sign a guy with the history AB has, you need to be prepared to face the music. Dodging questions is a classless move.
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