Tom Brady might be able to give Michael Jordan a run as king of the grudge-holders.
Five days after a teaser offered just a taste of Brady’s vengeance side, an extended version of the seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s conversation was released by HBO’s “The Shop”.
And it ups the vitriol for the mystery team that expressed interest in Brady as a free agent in 2020 but backed off at the end.
“When I look back, I’m thinking ‘There’s no f–king way I would’ve went to that team,’” Brady said, the volume of his voice increasing and his finger pointing. “But they said they didn’t want me! And know what that means! I know what that feels like! And I’m going to f–k you up because of that.”
Jordan and Brady often are compared as the G.O.A.T.s in their respective sports. Jordan’s infamous grudges were detailed during the 2020 docuseries “The Last Dance.”
Now we are getting a taste of Brady’s.
NFL social media was ablaze earlier this week when the first clip was revealed.
“There was a story in free agency: One of the teams was interested and then all of a sudden they weren’t interested at the very end,” Brady said. “I was sitting there thinking, ‘You’re sticking with that motherf–ker. Are you serious?”
Brady ultimately left the Patriots after 20 seasons to sign with the Buccaneers. The Chargers reportedly were the other finalist in his decision.
ESPN reported this week that the Saints were a quiet dark horse in the running for Brady but had to back out when Drew Brees surprisingly decided to play one more season before retirement.
It seems unlikely –- but anything is possible -– that Brady would speak of his Brees in such disrespectful terms. They are both headed to the Hall of Fame and rank No. 1 and No. 2 in career passing yards and passing touchdowns.
So, the only hope of figuring out the mystery might be to pay extra close attention to which team Brady beats on with a big lead in the future.
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