Tom Brady had an empathetic approach to the whole Antonio Brown episode since the very first day. He hinted that there is more to the story than what meets the eye, and later, it was found out that there really was.
Brown was suffering through an ankle injury since Week 6, but he was still told to enter the game. After a misunderstanding on the sideline, coach Bruce Arians told the veteran to leave the game. And as the national television displayed, the rest is history.
Coach Arians, during a recent press conference in Tampa Bay, announced that Antonio Brown was let go of the team once and for all. And just like that, the receiver’s run with the Bucs came to a sudden end.
However, Tom Brady has not been very fond of the approach taken by the franchise. Since according to him, athletes’ mental health matters, and in this case, he believes that Antonio was going through some tough times which led to such events. But he will still continue to do his job and lead the Bucs to the much-anticipated playoff.
Tom Brady on the release of Antonio Brown from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“I think there’s a lot of personal feelings, obviously. I don’t think this is really the week to discuss it though,” Brady said. “I’m just going to do the best I can do as the quarterback of the team, try to put together a great week and finish strong. You just always deal with different things over the course of the season and that’s what we’re doing this week.”
The veteran QB has been very much vocal about the mental toll that the grind takes on the athletes. During his recent appearance on the ‘Let’s Go! podcast with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray’,
Tom Brady opened up about this much-ignored notion of sports. He emphasized that the mental health of the athletes is important, since according to him, “there is humanity to everything we are doing out there.”
Despite the whole saga that has taken a toll on the team as well as on the players, Tom Brady will continue moving forward and take the franchise to another Super Bowl.