(Reuters) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and proprietor Robert Kraft have all shot down a report that prompt a rift between them might quickly carry an finish to their profitable run.
An ESPN report revealed on Friday stated friction amongst the three strongest members of the Patriots franchise, who final season received their fifth Super Bowl collectively, may very well be sufficient to make this the ultimate season they work collectively.
“For the past 18 years, the three of us have enjoyed a very good and productive working relationship,” the trio stated in a joint assertion. “In recent days, there have been multiple media reports that have speculated theories that are unsubstantiated, highly exaggerated or flat out inaccurate.”
The assertion got here hours after the ESPN article, which cites greater than a dozen Patriots staffers, executives, gamers and NFL sources with information of the crew’s interior workings, stated the trio have had severe disagreements.
According to ESPN, the three males have been at odds for years over a quantity of points, together with Brady’s coach and enterprise associate Alex Guerrero having some crew privileges eliminated and the crew’s resolution to commerce backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round decide.
The article went so far as to say there’s a “palpable sense in the building that this might be the last year together for this group.”
The Patriots, who’re favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions this season, are the highest seed within the American Football Conference playoffs and can subsequent play within the Divisional Round on Jan. 13 in opposition to both the Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans or Buffalo Bills.
“The three of us share a common goal. We look forward to the enormous challenge of competing in the postseason and the opportunity to work together in the future, just as we have for the past 18 years,” the assertion added.
“It is unfortunate that there is even a need for us to respond to these fallacies. As our actions have shown, we stand united.”
Don Yee, who’s the agent for each Brady and Garoppolo, additionally weighed in on the report.
“I don’t know really what to say — it’s tough to have a response since it didn’t appear to me to have one on-the-record quote,” Yee stated in an announcement issued to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. “All I can suggest is don’t believe everything you read.”
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Christian Radnedge