Jets’ Antonio Cromartie, Shaun Ellis: Tom Brady taunted us
|01.12.11 at 7:21 am ET|
On Monday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tom Brady “took a shot at me” and the Jets during the Patriots’ 45-3 rout last month because, “He always points to everybody after he scores.”
The media went to the Jets locker room Tuesday looking for support for that statement and found two players willing to back up their coach: Antonio Cromartie and Shaun Ellis.
Cromartie was the most vocal, calling Brady an “ass—-” and adding, “[Expletive] him.”
Said the controversial cornerback of Ryan’s taunting accusation: “Yeah, [Brady] does it a lot. That’s the kind of guy he is. We really don’t give a damn, to tell you the truth.”
Cromartie went on to say he didn’t care about Brady, because he plays against the receivers. When it was noted that Brady is the one throwing to those receivers, Cromartie said: “Yeah, but if I beat the [expletive] out of his receivers, he can’t throw the ball.”
Ellis’ comments seemed tame compared to Cromartie’s, but they were pointed nonetheless.
“Yeah, he was taunting us,” Ellis said of Brady. “He was.”
Explained Ellis: “It wasn’t too much. It’s just his his body language and things like that. When they scored, he’d look over to our sideline and do a little body language and all that. He was fired up for that game. We’re going to get the same thing this week. It’s for us as a defense to go out there and shut him down.”
Asked if Brady had demonstrated similar behavior previously, Ellis replied: “He doesn’t like the Jets. Any time he gets a chance to rub it in our face, he’s going to do it. For us, it’s just a matter of we want to see him on the ground as much as possible.”
Ellis and Cromartie did not have much support for their accusations in the Jets locker room.
Said cornerback Darrelle Revis: “I’ve never seen him point at somebody. Like, after they score a touchdown, I’m not looking at Tom Brady. I don’t know. I just go off to the sideline and make the corrections as best as we can. I’ve never heard him taunt or trash talk when I’ve been around him, no.”
Added linebacker David Harris: “He’s not a real big trash-talker. He just goes out there and plays his game.”
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