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PATS RESPOND TO BRADY REPORT

Earlier in the day, ESPN reported that the New England Patriots are upset with the decision of quarterback Tom Brady to go beyond the organization for his ACL replacement surgery. As a result of the procedure performed by the doctor Brady and his family chose, Brady has had three additional surgeries and counting to clean out an infection, and he will be receiving antibiotics via IV for six weeks. Earlier tonight, the Patriots responded to the report, with the following statement: “Today, ESPN cited an unnamed source who supposedly expressed the feelings of the Patriots ‘organization.’ This unsubstantiated report does not represent the team’s views whatsoever. We have supported Tom Brady one hundred percent from day one of this process and will continue to do so. We issued a statement last Saturday expressing our complete organizational support for Tom. That support includes all aspects of the process. Unfortunately, our statement was not mentioned or referenced in ESPN’s report. Today, we reiterate our total support for Tom as he recovers from his injury.” Possible alternate meaning? “ESPN doesn’t like us, and we don’t like them.” Meanwhile, the ESPN report has been updated to include the following quote from a person close to Brady: “Tom is looking at months, not weeks, to fix this.”