The arguable defining moment (or moments) of Super Bowl LV didn’t come from a play made by the Buccaneers or Chiefs. Rather, it was the trash talk between Tom Brady and Tyrann Mathieu that’s been discussed the most in the days following the Buccaneers’ win.
Brady and Mathieu’s trash-talking came to a head in the final moments of the second half. After Brady threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown to put the Buccaneers up 20-6 (and subsequently 21-6), Mathieu placed his finger in Brady’s face before going back to the Chiefs’ sideline. Brady chased Mathieu back and started saying something in return. Mathieu received an unsportsmanlike penalty for his role on the play.
Tom Brady told Tyrann Mathieu he was coming for him, went after him, then reminded him.
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) February 8, 2021
What was said between the two has yet to be made public, and it appears that it never will be. NFL Films, who captured the moment between the two with its microphones, won’t be releasing the audio of the exchange between Brady and Mathieu, a source told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. The source told Florio that not releasing the audio is typically within NFL Films’ guidelines, saying it doesn’t release the audio of any heated exchanges among players.
Not long after the game ended, Mathieu tweeted that Brady called him “something I won’t repeat” and said “Yeah, I’ll let all the media throw me under bus as if I did something or said something to him.” Mathieu deleted that tweet shortly after. Brady also reportedly apologized to Mathieu the same night for his role in the exchange.
NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin, who claims to have heard the audio, said that Brady didn’t say a slur to Mathieu.
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