What happened backstage at Tom Brady’s roast left former teammates’ jaws on the floor

May 14, 2024

Netflix’s roast of Tom Brady shook up the world of sports and pop culture.

But fans didn’t see what happened behind the scenes. 

And what happened backstage at Tom Brady’s roast left former teammates’ jaws on the floor.

Tension between Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft

New England Patriots owners Robert Kraft and former head coach Bill Belichick both attended Brady’s roast.

This was the first encounter since Belichick left the Patriots following a dismal 4-13 season that ended his 24-year run with the franchise.

Brady’s former teammates expected awkward moments.

And that’s exactly what happened.

Brady’s former teammates, wide receiver Julian Edelman and quarterback Drew Bledsoe, described the scene on the Names with Games podcast.

“Pre-show, we’re in the green room. Randy [Moss], Drew [Bledsoe], me, [Rob Gronkowski], we were just chilling in there,” Edelman began.

Belichick was in good spirits to see his old players, which Edelman believed allowed him to take his mind off the fact that he didn’t have a job in the NFL for the first time since 1974.

“Bill was opening up, he’s having fun, he’s talking war stories, talking rookies. Doing s*** we know what Bill’s about, but it was like amplified, because he’s excited to see guys because he doesn’t have a job anymore,” Edelman continued.

But Edelman said the good times ended when Kraft entered the backstage area and the Patriots players made their way over to say hello and pay their respects.

“The tension in that room, though, could cut f****** glass,” Edelman added. 

“It was so awkward. I was just like, ‘Oh s***, this could be some fireworks.’ I just walked away,” Edelman recounted.

Bledsoe agreed, saying the scene was “some crazy s***” and that the tension between Belichick and Kraft was “very, very real.”

Belichick and Kraft attempt to put on a good face

Bledsoe did admit that Kraft and Belichick eventually connected and put on a good face.

“They did break it down and got together for at least 10 minutes, the two of them,” Bledsoe stated.

The two also took a shot together during the roast at the urging of comedian Kevin Hart.

Kraft had kind words for his former coach who helped deliver the franchise six Super Bowl championships.

“I want to say this is the greatest coach in the history of the game that did what no one else has done,” Kraft exclaimed. 

“And having Tom Brady and him was the greatest honor the good Lord gave me,” Kraft concluded.

But the hint of tension was still there.

It’s widely believed that Belichick isn’t coaching this year because of Kraft.

Kraft reportedly called Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and disparaged Belichick, leading the Falcons to not hire him for a job everyone assumed was his for the taking.

And at the roast, Belichick referred to the 10-part Apple+ series The Dynasty, which chronicled Brady’s career from college to the pros.

Belichick alluded to the fact that the show portrayed him as a villain who pushed an aging Brady out the door.

“It’s an honor to be at the roast of Tom Brady on Netflix tonight. It’s not to be confused with the 10-part Bill Belichick roast during the Apple TV documentary,” Belichick told the crowd at Brady’s roast.

Time eventually heals all wounds.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to one day see Belichick honored as a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame, where he, Brady, and Kraft can all bury the hatchet.

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