One of the more controversial plays in the AFC Championship game is currently under review with the NFL looking into Tom Brady’s slide into Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens according to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com:
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has reached out to him to apologize for making contact with him on a slide late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game. The NFL said Tuesday that the incident was under review for possible discipline.
With one minute remaining in the first half against the Ravens, Brady slid to avoid the tackle by Reed and raised his leg in the process. Brady’s leg made contact with Reed and caused a bit of a stir as a result with many believing the kick was intentional.
Apparently, Brady claims the kick wasn’t intentional and the three-time Super Bowl champion didn’t mean to hurt or intend to injury Reed.
Following the loss to the Ravens, Brady reached out to Reed to apologize for the on-field incident. Reed accepted the apology via Yates:
“I told him — you know, we talked,” Reed told WJZ-FM in Baltimore. “We talked actually not too long ago, we talked on the phone. 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.”
Reed didn’t seem all that upset by the Brady’s slide and appreciated the quarterback reaching out to him to apologize. The fact that Baltimore was giving Brady all he could handle in the first half and ultimately was able to advance to the Super Bowl with a solid second half may have been the reason for Reed’s willingness to let it go.