Tom Brady apologizes to Tyrann Mathieu for what he said to him during their verbal melee that resulted in one of many questionable officiating calls that went against the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl LV.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady appeared to chase down Chiefs cornerback Tyrann Mathieu shortly after connecting with Antonio Brown for his third touchdown of the first half, only for the interaction to result in a penalty against Kansas City.
The pair had to be separated and Mathieu was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct (15 yards)
Brady was not penalized.
“F–k him,” the 43-year-old signal-caller appeared to mouth from the Buccaneers bench after the scuffle.
Mathieu, 28, already felt wronged by the officiating staff after having an interception taken back on a questionable holding call halfway through the second quarter. He was visibly shaken by the referees’ decision and raised his hands in disbelief.
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According to ESPN, Brady apologized to Mathieu by text following the game “for losing his composure in the moment of the game.’’
The source also reportedly told ESPN that Brady’s actions were “in no way a reflection on his feelings toward Mathieu, whom [Brady] spoke of highly throughout the week leading up to the game.’’
Mathieu was bothered by Brady’s actions, writing in a since-deleted tweet: “He called me something I won’t repeat, but yeah, I’ll let all the media throw me under the bus as if I did something or said something to him. Go back to my previous games against TB12 I showed him nothing but respect. Look at my interviews about him. I show grace.”
In his postgame interview, Mathieu said, “Listen, Tom Brady’s a great quarterback. I never really saw that side of Tom Brady, to be honest. But whatever, no comment. It’s over with. I’m done with it.”
Tom Brady Apologizes To Chiefs Tyrann Mathieu