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What they're saying: Tom Brady doesn't want WEEI host fired


ST. PAUL -- On Monday morning, Tom Brady was none too pleased with what WEEI host Alex Reimer had to say about Brady's five-year-old daughter, Vivian, last week.

Brady, a paid weekly guest on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show (where Reimer has been a frequent co-host), cut his interview short with the show on Monday.

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"It was very disappointing to hear that," Brady said about Reimer's comments. "My daughter or any child certainly does not deserve that."

By the time Monday night rolled around, though, Brady told reporters at "Opening Night" of Super Bowl week that he hoped Reimer wouldn't lose his job over the incident. 

“We all have careers and make mistakes," Brady said. "I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. That was certainly not what he intended.”

WEEI has announced that Reimer has been suspended indefinitely since making the comments.

Brady explained that he hadn't yet decided what the future held for his appearances on WEEI. He told the station on Monday that he'd have to re-evaluate their arrangement -- just days after WEEI and parent company Entercom agreed to a deal with the Patriots that awarded the station the rights to exclusively broadcast "Patriots Monday" and "Patriots Friday," which feature interviews with both Brady and Bill Belichick. 

“I just think any parent is really protective of their kids," Brady said from his podium at the Xcel Energy Center. "I’ve never stayed away from criticism. I understand criticism is part of sports, but I certainly don’t think my children -- any children -- really deserve to be in that."

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Here's more of what the Patriots were saying during Monday night's kickoff to the week of Super Bowl LII . . . 

Belichick on the fedora he wore getting off of the Patriots plane earlier in the day on Monday: "That was my dad's hat. So I thought I'd toss it on today. I felt good about wearing it. Minnesota's a good place to have a hat . . . That's who I learned from. Working hard, doing your job, paying attention to details, treating the players as fairly and honestly as you can treat them. If it's good, it's good, if it's bad, it's bad. Just being honest with them. I would say all of those things I got from a lot of coaches, but I certainly got it from him."

Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia (who turns 70 on Valentine's Day) on if he'll be back to coach next season: "We'll worry about that after the game,"

Devin McCourty on the Eagles offense: "You can't just stop one guy. You can't go out there and say, 'If we just limit [Alshon] Jeffery or we just limit [Zach] Ertz, that won't matter. They have a lot of different guys out there that can beat you. They obviously have a ton of backs that affect the passing game, the running game. Lot of talented players. I think that showed with [Carson] Wentz going down. An MVP candidate going down and you're still in the Super Bowl shows how much talent they have on that roster."


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