The New England Patriots’ statement wasn’t much, but it’s rare to see any team publicly react to a media story like the one ESPN put out on Friday.
In the ESPN story, the theme is a power struggle and some tension between owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady (you can read the breakdown of it here). The Patriots were quick to throw some shade on the story’s accuracy, although they didn’t provide any examples of where it was wrong. They also said “we stand united.”
Joint statement from Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady: pic.twitter.com/i555gWZIi6
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 5, 2018
The strategy from all parties seems to be to bring about skepticism in the story, not to deny any specific reports within it. Here’s Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee’s statement to the Boston Herald (Yee is also Jimmy Garoppolo’s agent):
“I don’t really know what to say — it’s tough to have a response since it didn’t appear to me to have one on-the-record quote,” Yee said. “All I can suggest is don’t believe everything you read.”
You’d think if there was something incorrect in the story, the parties would point that out rather than making mention of how many on-the-record quotes there were.
The Patriots story has created a bit of a firestorm. If nothing else, the awkwardness of Belichick’s next press conference will be off the charts. But the Patriots want you to know that it’s business as usual.
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