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The NFL Is Bailing Out Tom Brady for His Words During Super Bowl 55

Tom Brady put on a show in Super Bowl 55 en route to his seventh championship. Part of that show was his ongoing beef with Tyrann Mathieu during the game. Both players were jawing at each other, but Brady got the last laugh with the 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The argument between the players looked intense on TV. Many people are interested in what was said, but the public will never get to know the words spoken by either player because of a specific NFL policy.

Tom Brady and Tyrann Mathieu get into multiple verbal exchanges in Super Bowl 55

Quarterback Tom Brady approaches the pile of a touchdown.
Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers approaches Tyrann Mathieu | Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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Super Bowl 55 was a lackluster affair with Tampa Bay dominating on both sides of the ball. Before things got out of hand, Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and Kansas City’s Tyrann Mathieu were going at each other. Late in the second half, Mathieu intercepted a pass, but it was negated because of a penalty. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers marched down the field late in the half, with the help of a pass interference call on Mathieu.

After Brady connected with Anotonio Brown on a touchdown, Brady ran up to Mathieu and began jawing at him. Mathieu responded, and both players had to be separated. It was one of the more entertaining moments of the game, other than the streaker who stormed the field later.

Mathieu spoke about the exchange after the game, saying that “he never saw that side” of Tom Brady before. He continued to talk about it on Twitter, posting things that brought into question what Brady said to him. Mathieu deleted the tweets soon after, but Twitter users captured screenshots. The star safety claimed Brady called him something “he won’t repeat.”

After the game, Brady reached out to Mathieu to apologize for the on-field spat. The future Hall of Fame quarterback also indicated he hoped to apologize in person at some point in the future. Brady taking time out of his celebration to say sorry shows his character and puts an end to this miniature beef.

The NFL won’t release the audio of Tom Brady and Tyrann Mathieu spat

The verbal altercation between Tom Brady and Tyrann Mathieu was caught on microphones by NFL Films. However, the members of the public won’t ever hear what was said between the two stars. The NFL’s in-house production company won’t be releasing the audio containing Brady and Mathieu’s argument, according to Mike Florio

This is because of a longstanding rule the company has involving exchanges between players. NFL Films never releases audio of intense player conversations. One NFL legend has heard the audio and says it was the usual back and forth between competitive players.

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin was on The Rich Eisen Show and detailed what he heard from the audio of the argument. He said that Brady did not use any kind of slur but couldn’t get into the specifics of what the seven-time champ said. Irvin did voice his displeasure with Mathieu, saying his tweets and comments added fuel to an unnecessary fire. 

“I didn’t like that Tyrann Mathieu put that out like that… It makes it sound as if — it makes people want to know, ‘What’d he say?’… As if he said the n-word. And he did not. Tom did not. So, you know, I didn’t like that even looming over this situation,” said Irvin on The Rich Eisen Show.

Brady gets bailed out by the NFL and NFL Films

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While many fans want to hear the heated exchange, it is understandable why the league and NFL Films won’t release the audio. The audio likely has numerous profanities.

The NFL is following its own rules but bailing out Tom Brady in the process. Keeping the audio from public consumption allows Brady to slip this situation under the rug. He hasn’t answered questions about the incident yet, refusing to do so during his postgame press conference.

Tyrann Mathieu has been seen as the bad guy in this scenario, which is unfair. Both players were jawing at each other, so why is the Chiefs safety being put in the role of the instigator? If anything, Brady instigated things when he approached Mathieu after the touchdown. Withholding the audio prevents Brady’s side from being heard because he won’t discuss the ordeal publicly.

Tom Brady could be considered lucky that his argument with Tyrann Mathieu won’t be publicized. This is another situation he can forget about without having to answer any questions. The NFL doesn’t always help out Brady, but they did this time, keeping the audio of his exchange with Mathieu to themselves.