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Tom Brady says 'lack of trust' has changed his interactions with media

Tom Brady says 'lack of trust' has changed his interactions with media

Tom Brady is a world-famous athlete with a wife (supermodel Gisele Bundchen) who's more famous than he is.

But the New England Patriots quarterback still doesn't enjoy being in the headlines, especially if they distract him from his work.

Brady and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath joined Westwood One's Jim Gray for a joint interview Monday night, and at one point, Gray asked Brady how about the challenges of keeping a "low profile" in today's NFL.

The Patriots QB responded with a rather sharp critique of sports media.

"The challenging part today is there's so many people that are seeking a headline," Brady told Gray. "If you say one thing that's taken out of context, it becomes blown up in a way that takes on a life of its own.

"When they take the context out of what you say, it becomes very distracting or distressing, especially in a team environment where you're trying not to cause distractions."

Brady then admitted he's become more reticent with the media over the course of his NFL career, citing skepticism over what reporters will do with his answers.

"Unfortunately, I think over the years I've gotten more protective of what I'm saying, because there is a lack of trust in speaking your mind," Brady said. "Because people aren't interested in context, and they're going to take what they want to make their story, and they're going to use you to make a story."

The 42-year-old has found a new outlet to get his message across, though: social media. Brady is very active on Instagram and Twitter, where he can control his own narrative.

"The one thing that's been really cool for me is, I get to have my own voice in my own words, and I think that's a very empowering thing for an athlete," Brady said. " ... It does take up some discretionary amount of time, but you don't feel like when you say something it's going to be taken out of context if you're doing it yourself."

Brady hasn't incited many major controversies with his interviews over the years, and that's in part due to a concerted effort to keep the media at arm's length. It sounds like plans to continue that strategy, favoring tweets and Instagram posts to on-the-record comments.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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