During the AFC Championship game Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scrambled, slid and then appeared to keep his leg high and kick Ravens defensive back Ed Reed. Reed says Brady has since apologized for the kick.
Ed Reed may be forgiving, but the NFL isn’t. Brady’s slide is currently being reviewed by the league and he could be fined for a cheap shot.
ESPN Boston reports that Ed Reed recently spoke to WJZ-FM in Baltimore about Brady’s hit. He had this to say:
“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 just apologized and what not. But I told him, ‘You know, it’s good, man.’ “
In fact, Reed seemed to relish in Brady’s aggression:
“For the most part, I didn’t say anything to him when he said something to me at the game. He was going, ‘You want to play like that, let’s go.’ But, no, Brady’s a great competitor and I love going against him and I know where his heart is at for this game. It was all good.”
The 9-time pro-bowler then praised Brady as a football player:
“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.”
Unfortunately for Brady, Reed’s comments won’t get him off the hook withe NFL.
What do you think? Did Tom Brady take a cheap shot on Ed Reed or did his competitive nature take over?