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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Antonio Brown need not worry about finding a place to stay as he settles in for his next football stop with the New England Patriots.
Tom Brady will gladly have him as a houseguest.
“I’d love for him to stay at my house,” Brady told USA TODAY Sports after the 33-3 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brady seemed quite serious after told that the buzz about Brown staying at his house – mentioned by NBC’s Al Michaels near the beginning of the national broadcast – was blowing up on social media. Michaels reported that Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the wide receiver, “come move in with me.”
“He’s got a lot of stuff going on,” Brady added, “but if he wants to, he’s welcome.”
Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, live in a 9,716-square foot estate situated on a 5-acre lot adjacent to a golf course in Brookline, Massachusetts. According to real estate listings, the home includes a 2,400-square foot detached guest house. It’s unclear if Brown will take Brady up on the offer.
“Tonight,” Brady said late Sunday, “he’s staying at the hotel.”
Brown – whose nine-year run with the Steelers ended in controversy and six-month stint with the Oakland Raiders was marred by turmoil – wrote on social media over the weekend that the child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down. That could be interpreted as either a warning or rationale for some of the explosive drama that has overshadowed his ability as arguably the NFL’s best receiver.
Regardless, Brady is all-in – “1 million percent in,” as he told Patriots owner Robert Kraft – for his team’s signing of Brown. The star quarterback said that he is willing to put in the extra work that it will take to get Brown up to speed with the Patriots’ offense – as he has with others.
Offering residence at his mansion is a huge gesture that backs up such a contention.
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