Tom Brady opted not to respond after Seattle Seahawks safety Richard Sherman mocked him following the New England Patriots' loss Sunday.
When asked about Sherman's behavior by Jim Gray on Dial Global Sports, Brady simply said that he tries to play "with class and respect and give my opponents respect," and that he "had a lot of respect" for the second-year defensive back. Sherman's opinions, he said, were unimportant to him, focusing instead on his own play.
"My dad also told me to worry about the things that I can control and certainly not worry about the things that I can't. And I really don't have feelings either way toward what someone may say or think. Really, what's important is how I feel. We went out and we played a very good team on the road and had an opportunity to win there in the fourth quarter and just didn't take advantage of it."
Brady further went on to discuss Sherman's assertion that the 3-3 Pats are not "built for a heavyweight fight":
"We’re 3-3 so we’ve got 10 games to determine the fate of our season, and really it’s a matter of us getting better. I don’t think anything’s decided here in the sixth week of the year, or how capable you are of winning big games. That’s to be determined in January and it’s only October, so we’re just going to keep trying to get better."
Sherman made waves by tweeting a picture of himself jawing at Brady after the game with the phrase "U mad bro?", purportedly in response to a request by Brady for Sherman to come talk to him after a Patriots victory in the matchup. Instead, the Seahawks stormed back in the fourth quarter, earning the win and allowing Sherman to get his photo op.