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Tom Brady denies Ryan Fitzpatrick disrespect claim

Keep the guesses coming.

Tom Brady revealed that, despite his insistence that it is indeed him, Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the “motherf–ker” he went viral for criticizing last summer.

“I like to keep them guessing, and unfortunately with this coming out, I’d have to tell him,” Brady said when asked by co-host Jim Gray on his “Let’s Go” podcast if it was indeed Fitzpatrick. “It wasn’t him.”

Amid his return from his brief retirement, Brady was famously stunned an unspecified team was uninterested in his services when looking for potential landing spots. He went on “The Shop” last summer — an HBO show hosted by LeBron James and Maverick Carter — to explain his process of choosing the Buccaneers after 20 seasons with the Patriots. He promptly went viral when he chastised a certain team for opting to stick with their current quarterback — or in Brady’s words, “that motherf–ker” — over himself.

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Tom Brady denied that Ryan Fitzpatrick was the ‘motehrf–ker’ he referred to last year.

Fitzpatrick, who was playing for the Dolphins at the time and now serves as an analyst for Amazon’s new “Thursday Night Football” broadcast, recently stressed that he believes Brady was referring to him.

“I think I still am,” Fitzpatrick said on the “Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.” “I think I still am that guy. If you go back to that …before the 2019 season when the Dolphins are trying to assemble a roster that is going to help them get a better draft pick the next year so it’s not like that was going to be an attractive situation for Tom anyway. So I’m not sure why he was so upset about it, but I still to this day believe that I am that motherf–ker.” 

Beyond being the “motherf–ker” heard ’round the world, Fitzpatrick has been outspoken about disrespect Brady has shown him.

Specifically, the former 17-year pro claimed Brady ignored him and skipped the traditional postgame handshake between quarterbacks after the he led the Bills to a win over Brady’s Patriots in 2011.

Brady doesn’t know where any of it is coming from.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick is now an analyst for Thursday Night Football.
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“Oh god, not this again,” Brady continued on the podcast, which is also co-hosted by Larry Fitzgerald. “Go ahead, let’s talk about Ryan. And I love Ryan, but somewhere he’s got it out for me. And I actually talked to Ryan Griffin, who’s one of our quarterbacks, and he said ‘Ryan’s always all over you. I don’t know why.’ So I don’t know why Ryan is. Maybe Ryan and I need to have a talk.

“Ryan is a hell of a guy, too, and I’ve competed against him. He’s a Harvard guy, now he looks like he’s part homeless, and now he’s on TV doing what my future job’s going to be, so I think Ryan’s got a good thing going, I’m not sure why he needs to think that I’m after him or something like that.”

Brady also revealed that his much-discussed comments might not have been entirely serious.

“Sometimes I’m a little facetious, sometimes people take me a little too literally,” Brady said. “And I think my guy Maverick, he actually gave me some tequila before that show, when I was on ‘The Shop,’ so I spoke a little more liberally than probably I normally would have.”

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