Chiefs Tyrann Mathieu Says Bucs Tom Brady Called Him Something ‘I Can’t Repeat’ During Super Bowl

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One of the many storylines from Sunday’s Buccaneers blowout win over the Chiefs was the back and forth barbs between Chiefs defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and Bucs QB and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady.

As the game was slipping away from the Chiefs in the second quarter, Brady was picking apart the Chiefs secondary, and it seemed to be killing Mathieu watching it happen right in front of him.

After a score to Antonio Brown that made it a 21-6 game with six seconds left in the first half, the two star players could be seen going at it verbally. After the game, Mathieu claimed that Brady said some not so choice words to him.

“He called me something I won’t repeat,” Mathieu wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “but yeah I’ll let all the media throw me under the bus as if I did something or said something to him.

“Go back to my previous games against TB12 I showed him nothing but respect. Look at my interviews about him… I show grace.”

It may seem like crying over spilled milk since Mathieu and the Kansas City secondary had no answers for Brady, and making that type of accusation is tough to prove, despite there being tons of cameras following players every move in the biggest game of the season.

Mathieu seemed to lose his cool after the Brown touchdown, and he could be seen on the bench still jawing away, clearly upset about the fact that the Chiefs were heading to the locker room down 15 points.

Here’s the screen grab of the since deleted tweet from Mathieu claiming Brady called him something that can’t be repeated.

Mathieu finally seemed to settle down somewhat after the game and even changed his tune to say that the back and forth with Brady is simply part of the game.

“It’s football,” he said. “Guys are gonna go back and forth.”

You can see Mathieu’s postgame press conference below.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. The “honey badger” was hoping to make his bones in this game and catch some of the limelight that was supposed to fall on Patrick Mahomes. He’ll be a free agent after 2021 season and I’m sure he was hoping to lock up an extension for another 3-4 years to end his career with KC.
    You can always tell a guy who’s not a team player when he throws his arms out in a “WTF?” moment after Brady completed a pass down the middle (maybe late 3rd Q) and got the honey badger by looking off the receiver over the middle. Honey badger was ball hawking and cheating towards the sideline receiver to jump the route. So he throws up his hands while looking at the other DB after the catch, and with those yellow gloves he wears it was clear to everyone in the stadium that honey badger was embarrassed – but worse, was embarrassing his teammate.
    So after being the center of attention (for all the wrong reasons it turns out) what else could a POS do but use the race card. It’s what POS types do. ‘Course, he walked it back once he cooled down and went to the post-game presser…all smiles and “that’s football, ya know” stuff…but he knows he fukked up his “cred” with the NFL, with other players, and with the fans who realize he’s always looking out for #1.
    Do players talk smack? All day on game day…and all game if you watched the yakking back and forth between linemen, between receivers and DBs, RBs and LBs, and between QBs and whomever gets close enough once the play’s over.
    “Brady said something I won’t repeat”…uh huh…maybe “you’re a LOSER”.

  2. This is racebaiting, nothing more. Brady got the best of Mathieu all night. Mathieu started the trash talk and Brady responded. By saying what Mathieu said, he’s implying Brady said the N word. Mathieu is calling out to the SJW’s to come to his defense and paint Brady as a racist. The difference in the game was the Buccaneers came in buttoned up and played smart, the Chiefs were hardly ever in the right place and their defensive players showed an unbelievable amount of immaturity and lack of accountability.

  3. Mathieu got shown up and said something to Brady while sticking his finger in his face. Brady had just turned to head to the sidelines when this occurred. Whatever Mathieu said fired TB up because he immediately turned and chased him down. I’m sure what Brady said wasn’t choir boy talk, but Mathieu “poked the bear”. Just man up instead saying stupid shit like “he called me something I won’t repeat”.

  4. The year is 2028 and Brady’s name is up for HOF…one sports journalist decides to hold back on making it 100% first ballot HOF because he remembers a red hat in the locker and assumed Brady said the n word to Mathieu in the Super Bowl.

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