When asked if he's watched the New York Jets on HBO's "Hard Knocks," New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady kept it light Monday morning during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio station WEEI.
"I haven't turned it on," Brady said. "I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show."
When told of Brady's remark later in the day, Jets coach Rex Ryan brushed it off.
"Hell, he knows we hate the Patriots," Ryan said. "So what's the difference? My brother's got a couple Super Bowl rings [from his time as a Patriots assistant]. He loves Tom Brady. But I don't have them, so I don't like Tom Brady. I respect him, but I don't like him."
Told by the WEEI hosts that it's hard to hate Ryan when watching the show, Brady responded, "I'm sure it's great TV. I'm glad people are liking it, but that's just something I have no interest in watching. I'd love to say a lot of mean things, but I'd rather not do that either."
For the most part, Jets reaction to Brady's remark was pretty low-key. Jets center Nick Mangold said he hadn't watched the show with any regularity before they were featured, and he could see how an AFC East player might not want to see a nemesis glorified.
"It's part of the excitement of games -- you dislike the other team," Mangold said. "Hard Knocks, we never had it with anybody in our division... I don't expect him to be sitting there with a bowl of popcorn enjoying the show every Wednesday."
In fact, no one in the Jets locker room popped off about Brady's comment. Instead, they seemed to think it made sense that the Patriots QB should hold the sentiment, even if the word "hate" seemed pretty strong.
"I can understand why he'd say that and I don't have a problem with that," Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards said. "He doesn't like the Jets? That's fine, a lot of people in here don't like the Patriots."
Last week on "Hard Knocks" when Ryan wanted to start a fight on the field to stir up linebacker Vernon Gholston, he went to offensive lineman Rob Turner. Turner is never one to back down, and he was asked if Brady's words would be worth a scrap when the Jets and Patriots play again.
"Aww," Turner said, "Brady wouldn't fight me. I'd break his jaw."
But that was as bold as any of the Jets really got. Mostly players just recognized that hating the Jets is part of Brady's job description.
Brady was also asked what it would take for the Patriots to agree to be featured on "Hard Knocks." Brady said he thought it would have to be Bill Belichick's final season of coaching.
"I think coach Belichick has worked pretty hard over the years to run his practices the right way, his meetings the right way," Brady said, "and I don't think he really wants to give that information away."
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com and Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com contributed to this report.