One of the most talked about plays in the AFC Championship game from this weekend involved Tom Brady sliding and apparently kicking Ravens safety Ed Reed. No flags were thrown and the play ended up having very little to do with the final outcome of the game, but even two days after the fact people can’t stop talking about it.
That includes Tom Brady, who texted Reed to apologize for the slide and the ensuing kick.
“We talked actually not too long ago, we talked on the phone. He actually reached out to me, texted me. I tried to text him back, but the message exploded after 12 seconds, so I had to call him … and he’s just apologized and what not. But I told him, ‘You know, it’s good, man.'”
Reed added context to the slide, saying the kick was a ‘heat of the moment’ type of thing and he doesn’t hold it against Brady. In fact, Reed stopped short of saying he expected it from the quarterback, explaining how he respects that aspect of competitiveness in him and understands Brady’s position.
“You know, I understand Brady’s point. Him protecting himself. I know he’s a great player. I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for, and I know he’s not a dirty player. And emotions get going in the game.”
It also probably helps the healing process that it’s Reed preparing for the Super Bowl and not Brady. However, there seems to be no love lost between these two great competitors and this whole issue seems have finally been resolved.
However, the NFL still intends to review the play and may levy a fine to Brady.