“He called me something I won’t repeat,” Mathieu said, “but yeah I’ll let all the media throw me under the bus as if I did something or said something to him.”
Many thought this implied that Brady had perhaps used racial language on the field … but Irvin says audio picked up on hot mics showed that flat-out didn’t happen.
Irvin — who has access to the clips through his work as an analyst on Showtime’s “Inside The NFL” — explained on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday he was upset with Mathieu after audio revealed Brady didn’t cross any racial lines with his talk.
“I didn’t like that Tyrann Mathieu put that out like that,” Irvin said … “Because, I go, come on now. It makes it sound as if — it makes people want to know, ‘What’d he say?'”
“As if he said the n-word. And he did not. Tom did not. So, you know, I didn’t like that even looming over this situation. So that’s why I think we should clean that up somewhere, somehow.”
Irvin added, “That’s what I’m saying. [Brady] didn’t say that.”
As for what Brady did say … Irvin says he could not reveal that due to directives from “Inside The NFL” show producers.
“This was just two guys competing,” Irvin explained. “That’s what that is. Just two guys competing.”
For Mathieu and Brady’s part, we’re told they squashed their beef shortly after it all began … with Brady sending a text to the K.C. superstar apologizing for the in-game back and forth.