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New book: Tom Brady would divorce Bill Belichick if he could

Ryan Hannable
September 19, 2018 - 8:00 am

The questions surrounding Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's relationship will continue.

According to a new book, "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," written by ESPN's Ian O'Connor, Brady was so upset with the coach that he still wasn't certain in late March if he would return to the Patriots for the 2018 season.

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"If you're married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him," a source with knowledge of the situation told O'Connor. "Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he's had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him."

O'Connor wrote: "But in the end, even if he wanted to, Brady could not walk away from the game, and he could not ask for a trade. The moment Belichick moved [Jimmy] Garoppolo to San Francisco, and banked on Brady's oft-stated desire to play at least into his mid-forties, was the moment Brady was virtually locked into suiting up next season and beyond. Had he retired or requested a trade, he would have risked turning an adoring New England public into an angry mob."

It also says Brady's own family believed Belichick would push Brady out before he was ready to retire. His sister Nancy is quoted telling people her brother believed Belichick would do what the Colts did to Peyton Manning to him.

The book comes out Sept. 25.

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