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What did Tom Brady say? Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu claims seven-time champ called him ‘something I won’t repeat’ during heated exchange – but later ‘texted him to apologize’

  • Tom Brady got into a shouting match with Chiefs defensive back Tyrann Mathieu en route to his seventh Super Bowl victory on Sunday in Tampa, Florida 
  • Mathieu, frustrated by several costly Chiefs penalties, got in Brady’s face before halftime. To the surprise of many, Brady returned the chatter, barking at Mathieu
  • Mathieu was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct leading up to Brady’s outburst, which saw the Tampa Bay quarterback chase down the Chiefs safety
  • It’s not known what Brady called Mathieu, but in a since-deleted tweet from the Kansas City defensive back’s account, he refused to repeat whatever it was 
  • Brady reportedly texted Mathieu afterwards and apologized, according to ESPN 

It’s not known what Tom Brady told Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu during their heated exchange in the first half of Super Bowl LV on Sunday, but whatever the seven-time NFL champion said, he apparently felt the need to apologize for it afterwards. 

As league sources told ESPN, Brady did apologize to Mathieu in a text message, which has not been revealed publicly. 

Of course, it’s still not clear what Brady was apologizing for.  

‘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,’ Mathieu wrote in a since-deleted tweet, insisting that he never had any previous problem with Brady. ‘Go back to my previous games against TB12 I showed him nothing but respect. Look at my interviews about him… I show grace.’  

Mathieu was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct leading up to Brady’s outburst, which saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback chase down his Chiefs antagonist before the two were separated moments before halftime. 

‘I’d never really seen that side of Tom Brady, but whatever,’ Mathieu told reporters afterwards, as quoted by Pro Football Talk. ‘No comment. It’s over with.’ 

Tom Brady and the Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu start barking at each other before halftime

Mathieu was visibly frustrated after penalties and a scoring pass from Brady to Antonio Brown

In a since-deleted tweet, Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu claimed Brady said something that was unrepeatable after throwing a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown just before halftime 

Mathieu, an All-Pro, became irate after several costly penalties against the Chiefs on Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady speak during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl LV on Sunday 

The incident appeared to be caused by Mathieu’s mounting displeasure following a series of mental mistakes and costly penalties by the Chiefs defense. And Mathieu’s frustration grew worse as Brady began capitalizing on those missteps en route to the 31-9 win. 

First, a holding call on Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward negated an interception by Mathieu. Then Kansas City’s defense appeared to stop Tampa Bay but an offside penalty during Ryan Succop’s successful field goal gave the Buccaneers a first down. 

Brady followed by firing a strike to tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 17-yard TD and a 14-3 lead, which is when Mathieu was first seen chirping at officials. 

Things grew worse for Mathieu on the Buccaneers’ final drive of the first half thanks to a pair of costly pass interference calls, including one against the former LSU star. Mathieu’s penalty gave Tampa Bay the ball at the one-yard line, and Brady responded with a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown.   

Mathieu followed with his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for wagging a finger in Brady’s face, which is what ignited their heated exchange before halftime. 

Although Brady’s exact words aren’t clear, some claimed he looked like he told Mathieu that he would be targeting him in the passing game. 

‘Brady tells Mathieu he’s going at him all game,’ tweeted podcaster, @JomBoy. ‘goes after him. then lets him know he went after him.’ 

Brady and Mathieu lock helmets after the Bucs scored a late first-half touchdown  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) taunts Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV

Brady and Mathieu weren’t the only two exchanging words on Sunday. 

At one point Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. was seen flashing a ‘peace’ sign in the face Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill during the fourth quarter. 

The backstory on Winfield’s taunting is that Hill had also flashed a peace sign while obliterating the Bucs secondary with a career-high 269 receiving yards and three touchdowns back in November. What’s worse, he even backflipped into the end zone for one of his three scores. 

Winfield was whistled for taunting following the incident, but said it was worth it after the Bucs defense limited Hill to seven catches and 73 yards on Sunday. 

‘The taunting, it was something I just had to do,’ Winfield told reporters. ‘When we played them earlier, Hill went off on us. He back-flipped in front of my face, gave me the peace sign, so it was only right I gave him the peace sign right back to him. At this moment, it felt amazing to be able to do that, not even going to lie.’  

The backstory on Winfield’s taunting is that Hill had  flashed a peace sign while obliterating the Bucs secondary with a career-high 269 receiving yards and three touchdowns back in November. What’s worse, he even backflipped into the end zone for one of his three scores

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