Tom Brady: 'Zero' Truth to Rumors of Discontent with Former Bucs HC Bruce Arians

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 9, 2022

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 09: Tom Brady #12 of Tampa Bay Buccaneers answers questions at a press conference following the 2022 Buccaneers minicamp at AdventHealth Training Center on June 09, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Tom Brady denied reports he and Bruce Arians had a rift toward the end of last season.

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Tom Brady says there was no truth to reports that his relationship with Bruce Arians soured. “Zero whatsoever.” <a href="https://t.co/XVkpkiTDJ9">pic.twitter.com/XVkpkiTDJ9</a>

"He and I have a great relationship," Brady said of Arians. "Part of why I chose here was because of Bruce."

Brady initially retired earlier in the offseason before returning, but then Arians stepped away while elevating Todd Bowles to head coach.

Former NFL offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger said on Twitter that the "relationship was souring" between Brady and Arians.

Arians also denied the alleged rift in April, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

"Tom just sent me a picture [Sunday]. He got a present for me," Arians said. "It's a $50,000 watch. He says he's bringing it to me. Who does that if we hate each other? As soon as he's back in town, we'll play golf."

The coach and quarterback found a lot of on-field success together, winning a Super Bowl in the 2020 season. The squad went 13-4 in 2021 before suffering a divisional-round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams, who went on to win the championship.

Tampa Bay will look to return to contention in 2022 behind Brady and Bowles.