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Bill Belichick characterizes report of rift with Tom Brady as ‘fake news’

Bill Belichick discredited aspects of an ESPN The Magazine feature on Tom Brady by referring to some of the details concerning a purported rift with his quarterback as “fake news.”

The feature, titled, “Tom Brady’s Most Dangerous Game,” alleges that there has been a breakdown of sorts in what has been hugely successful relationship between Belichick and Brady. Among the charges are Belichick being quoted criticizing Brady’s deep ball. A Belichick confidante is also quoted as saying there’s a “collision coming” between Belichick and Alex Guerrero, Brady’s personal trainer and business partner.

Belichick on Monday admitted to reading the article but clearly was not impressed by it, denouncing the unattributed quotes as “fake news.”

“I am not really sure if there’s a specific question here,” Belichick said during an interview on WEEI. “I mean, as usual, I think a lot of comments in the article you’re referring to were unattributed to anybody, if I am not mistaken. I don’t think anybody said anything. This is just a general random opinion about I am not sure exactly what.

“If we would like to talk about somebody who has an informed opinion about something that is one thing, I mean otherwise we’re just talking about a lot of fake news here about just putting out a lot of things that are unattributable. As usual. I’d say we get a lot of that.”

Concerning the allegations that the relationship between himself and Brady is deteriorating, Belichick indicated it’s business as usual, as it has been for a long time, which is essentially what Brady said on Monday as well about the report.

“Good. Consistent,” Belichick said. “I’ve met with Tom at least twice a week for the last 16 years.”