He allowed Brown to live with him in both New England and Tampa when the two were teammates. But Brady's latest defense of Brown is his most loyal yet.
Brady Came to Brown's Defense After He Walked Off the Field During a Game:
Even after Brown's public meltdown at Metlife Stadium which caused him to part ways with the Bucs, Brady defended Brown when he spoke after the game, commenting that people should try to have empathy and compassion.
“I’ve known Antonio for a couple years now, you know, pretty closely. We’ve obviously been teammates and I would just say I love him, I care about him, and I have a lot of compassion. I have a lot of empathy for the things that are happening in his life. So, it’s a lot of challenges we all face from time to time. I think the best thing is to have a support system, even outside of football, because again, yeah, we are football players, we’re athletes, we give everything we can on the field, but we also have off-field lives, too. And I’m gonna continue to do everything I can to try to be a great friend and supportive to Antonio and the things he’s going through.”
Then Brown Tweeted Calling Out Brady and his Trainer:
Not even a few days after Brady had repeatedly defended Brown, Antonio took to Twitter and called out Brady for setting Brown up with Alex Guerrero, Brady's personal trainer.
In a tweet I've posted below, Brown asked Guerro to return $50,000 to him because the trainer's services didn't work for Brown. Guerro agreed to return the money and even wished Brown well. Brown responded by asking Brady how he could "work with people like this."
If that wasn't enough, Jenna Lane of ESPN re-tweeted Brown's tweet insinuating that Brady and Guerrero lured Brown to Tampa to extort money from him for personal training services not rendered. Here it is:
Brown later backtracked, saying that Brady and his team had been "good to him."
Brady Once Again Takes the High Road, Wants to Focus on Football:
Speaking on Thursday, Brady indicated that he just wants to place his focus on football right now, saying,
The team obviously counts on me to do a good job with what I’m doing. The more I can focus on that, the better it is. That’s what I’ve tried to do this week, that’s what I tried to do last week, that’s what I tried to do the week before. I owe that to my teammates, my coaches and my family. I just want to go out there and do a great job.”
Tampa plays the Carolina Panthers this Sunday at 4:15. It will be without Antonio Brown who was officially removed from the roster today.