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How Tom Brady feels about being mic'd up in wake of Sam Darnold fiasco

How Tom Brady feels about being mic'd up in wake of Sam Darnold fiasco

New England Patriots fans won't want to hear this, but Tom Brady can sympathize with the New York Jets' quarterback.

Sam Darnold admitted to "seeing ghosts" during his dreadful performance against the Patriots on Monday night -- an admission that reached millions of ears because ESPN had the Jets QB mic'd up for the game.

Brady has been mic'd up several times over his lengthy NFL career but said Wednesday he no longer seeks out the opportunity.

"It's not typically something that I do," Brady told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show." "I kind of leave that for other guys to have opportunities for them to get some of the things that quarterbacks usually get."

And in the wake of #GhostGate -- in which many believe NFL Films hung Darnold out to dry by airing his vulnerable remark -- Brady added he hasn't particularly enjoyed his own experiences being wired for sound.

"I definitely think you're aware of it. I think for the most part, you're focused on the game, but it is a little different," Brady said. "The pack that they put on you can be a little cumbersome for me."

Aside from general discomfort, Brady -- like Darnold -- would prefer his interactions with teammates and coaches remain private.

"You have a very intimate relationship with players you play with," Brady added. "Things that are said in the heat of the moment, for people to take those out of context, not understanding the emotional part of the sport, they get taken the wrong way. So, that's just part of entertainment. That's just what they're trying to do with those media types of things.

"I think for me during game day, it's just best for me to focus on my job, what I need to do, not add anything extra to what my obligations already are, which is to go out there and be a great player for my team."

In short: Don't expect to hear Brady mic'd up anytime soon, especially Darnold's incident Monday night.

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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