Posted with permission from The Sports Xchange
QB Tom Brady refuted an ESPN The Magazine story that said he "seemed liberated" after the New England Patriots traded backup Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers. ESPN's Seth Wickersham wrote that "some players and staffers noticed that Brady seemed especially excited, hollering and cajoling." Brady took issue with that statement on Tuesday during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show. "I think that's just such a poor characterization of anything. In 18 years, I've never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut," the 40-year-old Brady said. "I would say that's disappointing to hear that someone would express that, or a writer would express that, because it's so far from what my beliefs are about my teammates. I think I'm very empathetic toward other people's experiences. I know those situations aren't easy. I've never been traded or released, but I can imagine how that might feel. I would never, ever feel that way about when Jimmy got traded, when Jacoby (Brissett) got traded. I've kept in touch with all those guys. When Matt Cassel was gone. All these guys I've worked with, I felt like I had such a great relationship with all the quarterbacks I've worked with. I kept in touch with basically everybody. So to characterize that as a certain way is just completely, completely wrong."