Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown has spoken out against leaked reports he claims contain false information about his character. In an interview with NESN.com, Brown accused someone within the Patriots’ organization of running a smear campaign against him, alleging coaches plotted against him in staff meetings to provoke a reaction.
He expressed frustration with the anonymous sources spreading lies about his character and emphasized his commitment to putting the team first, addressing claims of unwillingness to play through injuries.
“Because I’ve even heard from coaches how they’ll sit in staff meetings and they’ll be talking about how they can f–k with me,” Brown said. “Like, I guess trying to get me out of character or whatever.
“It’s really crazy to think that we’re spending time talking about that instead of getting better.”
“It’s been a rough year,” he said. “This has been a year like no other that I’ve had in my NFL career as far as the amount of anonymous sources that have come forward to spew complete lies about my character.
“It’s been tough to even go in the building every day knowing that there’s somebody that I probably look at every day, or smiles in my face every day, that is running a smear campaign.”
“To think that people are saying I was unwilling to fight through injuries due to future possible earnings… that’s crazy,” Brown said, recalling that he aggravated a previous ankle injury. “I’ve always put the team first.”
“I’ve been sick pretty much the last month,” he said, adding that multiple illnesses, including the flu, strep throat, and bronchitis, interfered with the latter half of his season.
Brown also cited multiple illnesses, including the flu, strep throat, and bronchitis, affecting his performance in the latter part of the season.
Brown missed the Patriots’ final game, a 17-3 loss to the New York Jets, due to illness. This followed his absence as a healthy scratch in the previous week’s 27-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots’ 4-13 record in the 2023 season is the worst in Coach Belichick’s 29-year NFL coaching career.
The loss against the Jets marked Belichick’s 178th career defeat, tying him with Tom Landry for the most losses ever, including the playoffs.