One of the most controversial plays of Sunday’s AFC Championship game came at the end of the second quarter when Tom Brady scrambled out of the pocket and slid cleats high into Ravens safety Ed Reed. Not only did the slide look to be a dirty, unsportsmanlike play by Brady, it resulted in a case of terrible time management that might have cost the Pats seven points at the end of the first half.
Bitter “what-ifs” from a Patriots fan aside, the league announced on Tuesday that they are reviewing the play (which you can watch here) to determine if disciplinary action should be taken, but Brady and Reed have apparently already moved past it.
ESPN Boston is reporting that Reed told WJZ-FM in Baltimore that the two had spoken on the phone and that Brady had apologized for the slide, an apology which Reed had no problem accepting.
We talked actually not too long ago, we talked on the phone,” Reed said. “He actually reached out to me, texted me. I tried to text him back, but the message exploded after 12 seconds, so I had to call him … and he’s just apologized and what not. But I told him, ‘You know, it’s good, man.’
“I know he’s a great player. I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for, and I know he’s not a dirty player. And emotions get going in the game.”
Brady’s apology and Reed’s ensuing response should really come as no surprise given that the two veterans share an extremely strong mutual respect for each other. Lord only know what would have come about if it was Terrell Suggs who took that cleat instead of Reed.
If it already wasn’t unlikely Brady would face league discipline for the slide, this news from Reed probably makes it so.