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Tom Brady ‘didn’t have much reaction’ to Josh Gordon situation

Tom Brady did not appear inclined to discuss at any length Thursday’s surprising developments involving New England Patriots teammate Josh Gordon when reporters brought up the situation on Friday.

Brady was asked about his reaction to Gordon being suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance-abuse policy, which followed the wide receiver’s early-morning announcement that he would be taking leave from the Patriots. It was clear Brady preferred not to openly address the matter.

“Umm, there wasn’t much reaction,” Brady said, via CBS Boston. “We all wish him the best. I think that’s kind of how we all feel. We want him to do what’s right for him.”

Brady’s relatively benign comments echoed what Bill Belichick had to say earlier Friday when the head coach said he and the team wish Gordon “the very best.”

Brady was later asked again about Gordon, and the veteran quarterback mostly reiterated his original thoughts on the topic.

“I certainly appreciate all his efforts and hard work,” Brady said. “I didn’t have much reaction, just focusing on what I need to do. It’s kind of how it’s been all year. … I showed up and I heard like everyone else.”

Brady was also asked if he had reached out to Gordon in the wake of Thursday’s fallout.

“Those are all very personal things,” Brady said, “so I’ll keep those to myself.”

The closing of ranks by the Patriots is hardly surprising, nor is it inappropriate given the serious nature of Gordon’s issues. It is further evidence, though, of Belichick insisting on the strict adherence to the “Patriot Way” when dealing with these kind of sensitive situations.