While the UFC boss’s efforts to glean some information out of the notoriously tight-lipped Brady unsurprisingly failed, he did manage to sneak in a pitch about the Las Vegas Raiders being a possible option for the soon-to-be free-agent quarterback.
Now because of his meddling, White claims he’s drawn the ire of Patriots owner’s Robert Kraft.
UFC President @danawhite says he spoke with Robert Kraft today. Kraft told Dana he wants Tom Brady back with the #Patriots "so bad"@GlennDOrdway @LouMerloni @christianfauria pic.twitter.com/4KTPC3s6si— OMF (@OMFonWEEI) March 5, 2020
“I talked to him, I was like, ‘Mr. Kraft, listen to me. If you listen to the entire interview, that is not what I said,” White said during an appearance on WEEI radio in Boston. “What I said first was, ‘I want him to be with the Patriots, and I want him to retire there. And if he doesn’t, if that doesn’t work out, then whatever.’
“But I can tell you this: All the Boston fans that are worried about where Tom Brady is going, Mr. Kraft wants Tom Brady to be with the Patriots so bad. I just talked to him today, and Mr. Kraft wants Brady bad.”
The entire situation was spawned by a conversation White had with Brady earlier this week on Instagram Live that was shared on social media.
Tom Brady to Dana White on Instagram live: “I don’t know what the future holds. Right now, I’m just trying to be patient through the process.”— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) March 4, 2020
Said he and his family are going on vacation and plan to spend a lot of time together “over the next 10, 12 days.” pic.twitter.com/sxoEhzFRLQ
By virtue of being a Boston native, it stands to reason that White would like Brady to stay with the Patriots. That said, it makes sense that White wouldn’t mind seeing Brady in a Raiders uniform given UFC headquarters are in Vegas.
However, crossing Kraft — who wants to keep Brady in the fold — is the price White had to pay for his backup pitch to Brady.
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Hint: For those who need a refresher, these are the seven teams Tom Brady and the Patriots played in their nine Super Bowls: St. Louis Rams (XXXVI), Carolina Panthers (XXXVIII), Los Angeles Rams (LIII), Philadelphia Eagles (XXXIX & LII), New York Giants (XLII & XLVI), Seattle Seahawks (XLIX) and Atlanta Falcons (LI).