What did Tom Brady say to trigger Tyrann Mathieu?
During the first half of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl 55 loss to the Buccaneers, Kansas City safety had a heated verbal exchange with Brady, who won the Super Bowl MVP award after leading Tampa Bay to victory. with 201 passing yards and three touchdowns. After a pass from Brady TD with just six seconds left in the second quarter, Mathieu ran to Brady and put a finger straight in his face. Brady then felt the need to extend the conversation, chasing Mathieu before his teammates separated the two.
Mathieu was hit with a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, but Brady was not penalized.
In a tweet deleted since Sunday night, Mathieu claimed Brady may have crossed the line with his choice of word.
“He called me something I won’t repeat but yeah I’m gonna let all the media throw me under [the] bus like I’m doing something or telling him something, “Mathieu tweeted.” Go back to my previous matches against [Brady]. I only showed him respect. Watch my interviews on him. I show grace. “
During his post-match media availability, Mathieu declined to give details of the trash-talking incident, but told reporters he didn’t think it impacted his performance.
“I thought I played as hard as possible today,” said Mathieu (via ProFootballTalk). “Look, Tom Brady is a great quarterback. I’ve never really seen that side of Tom Brady, to be honest. But whatever. No comment. It’s over. I’m done with that. “
Mathieu finished with three tackles in the loss and had a first half interception called off by a detention penalty.