Tony Gonzalez: I Didn’t Call Out Matt Ryan

Tye Hill, Tony GonzalezNew CBS Sports analyst Tony Gonzalez isn’t happy with ESPN and NFL Network.

Gonzalez believes ESPN and NFL Network were “biased” when some choice quotes from an ESPN the Magazine story were leaked earlier in the month. Gonzalez said that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is not “elite” but he’s “close.”

“There was no firestorm,” Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They pulled quotes from that article a couple of days before it came out, so now you’re not getting the whole story. ESPN was biased about it and so was the NFL Network. I saw the ticker where it said, ‘Tony calls out his former quarterback’ or whatever. Which is ridiculous.”

Gonzalez went on to say he has a great relationship with his former quarterback and that their families have two vacations planned together.

“I didn’t call him out. That’s why I didn’t respond to it,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t tweet about it. I didn’t go on a bunch of radio stations. I did a couple of interviews and I was like, ‘I’m not defending myself.’ This is ridiculous and I talked to Matt, too. It’s a non-story as far as I was concerned.”

Gonzalez was hired by CBS on Tuesday. He’ll serve as a pre- and postgame analyst on “The NFL Today.”

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