New England quarterback Tom Brady told WEEI 93.7 FM on Tuesday that harassment is not something players have to deal with in the Patriots locker room, because “we have great respect for one another.”
“I’ve been a part of one locker room — or two, really, being in Michigan and being in the Patriot locker room,” Brady said. “We’ve got a great group of guys, we have great respect for one another. It starts with coach [Bill]Belichick and Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan [Kraft] and the leadership that they bring.
“We don’t want to do anything to misrepresent what’s going on in our locker room, we want to be good role models, we want to win football games. And I think that’s what it comes down to. We show up every day trying to do our job and really not let anything else get in the way of that. Because if there’s issues in your locker room, if there’s issues that are outside of the realm of your own opponent that you’re dealing with, it just takes away from what you’re trying to accomplish. Coach Belichick has always done a great job of keeping the players focused on our opponent, and that’s where our energy needs to go.”
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin left the team after allegedly being harassed by starting right guard Richie Incognito and other Dolphins teammates.
“It’s an unfortunate thing. There’s been a lot of awareness brought to the situation, based on what’s happened down in Miami. But that’s their issue to deal with. It’s certainly not an issue that any of us Patriots want to deal with. We’re not really concerned with that, to tell you the truth. We’re concerned with how we’re going to do our best to prepare to prepare for the biggest challenge of our year this week.”
The Patriots, coming off their bye week, are preparing for a Monday night matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
“We’ve had a pretty good record of success because of the character and quality of the individual in the locker room. That’s been most important to Mr. Kraft, coach Belichick, bringing guys in and say, ‘What kind of person is this? How will they fit into the locker room? Are they a Patriot kind of player, which is really putting the team first and going out there and helping us win games, playing your role, doing whatever the coach asks you to do to win.
“That’s what I’ve been around. That’s all I know. I don’t partake in anything that’s different than that. I have no idea what goes on in Jacksonville or in San Diego or in Denver. There are probably other guys that have been a part of different locker rooms that may know differently. But I know it works for us, and it works pretty well. So, there’s really no reason to change what we do.”