Tom Brady has denied celebrating after fellow quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was traded from the New England Patriots to the San Francisco 49ers.
An ESPN report claims Brady "seemed liberated" after the Patriots traded back-up Garoppolo, who had previously been seen as a long-term replacement for the 40-year-old.
Garoppolo was sent to the 49ers on October 31 in exchange for a second-round 2018 NFL Draft pick and Brady has disputed claims he was happy to see him go.
"That's just such a poor characterization of anything. In 18 years, I've never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut," Brady said in his weekly radio appearance on radio station WEEI.
"I would say that's disappointing to hear that someone would express that, or a writer would express that, because it's so far from what my beliefs are about my team-mates.
"I think I'm very empathetic toward other people's experiences. I know those situations aren't easy.
"I've never been traded or released, but I can imagine how that might feel. I would never, ever feel that way about when Jimmy got traded.