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Tom Brady addresses Johnny Manziel controversy, sort of

Tom Brady used the word "turd" while answering a meandering question about Johnny Manziel's "showboating." He did not call Johnny Manziel a "turd," technically.

Jim Rogash

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been publicly rebuked by former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer and a league of ESPN personalities (plus a bunch of newspaper columnists) since his very, very eventful Saturday. The outing against Rice included a return from suspension, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a benching, and several celebrations that appeared to reference his even more exciting offseason.

Like this one! Manziel was suspended one half by the NCAA and the Aggies for signing autographs that ended up being sold, you'll recall:

This means every figure connected to football must be asked about Manziel's antics. The latest is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. CNBC's Joe Kernen appeared about to ask the Super Bowl MVP about what he'd do if Manziel celebrated like that against the Patriots, then seemed to remember Brady is not at all afraid to celebrate after a touchdown.


Kernen: You're probably going to play against Johnny Football one day. If he starts ... is he young? That's what he is, the showboating, the ... but I don't ever remember ... what's the biggest thing you've ever done in terms of flaunting? I think I've maybe seen a fist pump. That's about it, isn't it?

Brady: I get pretty emotional. I have a lot of respect for the teammates, for my teammates, for my organization, and certainly for other guys in the NFL. There's not a guy playing in the NFL who hasn't earned the right to be here, and who isn't supremely talented. He's probably been the best athlete in his high school class, in his elementary school class. So when you look across the ball you have respect for those guys, and you treat them with respect because football's a physical game. And as [Patriots owner Robert Kraft] would say, if you're a turd, it's going to come back to you.

That's it. Brady was asked a question that has nothing to do with Brady, and Brady responded with some Brady talk about being a pro Brady in a Brady world of pros populated by pros like Brady (true pro). If you can read unquestionable Manziel criticism into that last line, your eyes might be better than mine.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is on the record as being a Manziel fan, so now we're only 30 quarterbacks away from recording every starting pro passer's stance on the matter.

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