Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown said he has nothing but love and respect for Tom Brady. A week ago, Brown said he and Brady were good only because Brady thought Brown could help him win football games.
Also, Brown asked why Brady didn't stand up for him and made sure he was granted a better contract. “To me, a friend is someone who’s got your back,” Brown said on Friday’s episode of the ‘Full Send Podcast.’ “Not everybody in sports is going to be your friend.
Tom Brady’s my friend why? Because I’m a good football player. He needs me to play football. People have different meanings of what friendship is. "You can’t really expect anyone to be your friend in the business of football.
In the business of football, our business is winning. Brady and I like winning. We have that in common. That’s what makes me want to be around him, makes us jell, makes us great. I’m out here getting prove-it contracts, you say you’re my friend, I shouldn’t be playing on that type of deal when I came here and we won a Super Bowl”.
He added: “If Tom Brady is my boy why am I playing for an earnest salary?”
Brown insists he and Brady are all good
“Listen, I love Tom. That’s my guy. Don’t get it twisted. A lot of words were taken out of substance.
Tom is one of my true friends in the midst of adversity that was there for me, so don’t get it twisted about nothing with Tom Brady," Brown told TMZ. “He’s a G.O.A.T. Great player. Great teammate”.
Brown was released by the Buccaneers after storming off the field against the New York Jets. After the game, Brady suggested Brown needed help and not to be judged. "Yeah, I mean that's obviously a difficult situation, and I think we all want him to -- I think everybody should hopefully do what they can to help him in ways that he really needs it," said Brady, per CBS Sports.
"We all love him, we care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best, and unfortunately it won't be with our team. We have a lot of friendships that will last and again I think the most important thing about football are the relationships with your friends and your teammates and they go beyond the field.
I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening."