New England Patriots

Oct 27, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with wide receiver Julian Edelman after a touchdown during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

Social media drama: The dumbest thing we have going in 2020.

But Rob Gronkowski’s decision to come out of retirement and force a trade to the Buccaneers to reunite with Tom Brady certainly sparked some on a sleepy Tuesday afternoon.

With Gronk and Brady officially reunited shortly after word of the once-retired tight end’s decision to be dealt to Tampa, many wondered what it meant for Julian Edelman, the third member of the New England trifecta that captured three Super Bowl titles together in the second act of the New England dynasty.

And a quick peek to Edelman’s may have revealed some early bitterness on the part of Edelman, as the Patriots’ No. 1 wideout’s ‘following’ list was lacking one G.O.A.T quarterback.

Sometimes Instagram gets wonky and doesn’t display an account’s top followers off the jump, so whatever, maybe a little search was all we needed. But searching Brady’s full Instagram handle (@TomBrady) didn’t lead to a result of any sort, and confirmed that Brady was indeed no longer one of the 1,187 accounts followed by Edelman.

Julian Edelman’s account was no longer following Tom Brady shortly after word of Rob Gronkowski’s move to Tampa Bay.

Edelman’s unfollow quickly gained traction throughout the social media hell we call home, and many wondered what it meant between for the relationship between Brady and Edelman. Was Edelman mad that Brady, who reportedly played a large role in getting Gronk back, recruited Gronkowski and not him? Did Edelman want to make it clear that he’s loyal to the Patriots and leaving Brady in the past? Why didn’t Gronkowski also get the unfollow treatment? Maybe Edelman’s still pissed about the money he lost printing all those “Stay! Tom 2020” shirts that failed to keep the 42-year-old Brady in town.

But the wild theories didn’t last long, as Edelman’s following count was back up to 1,188 (and with Brady among that group), less than 15 minutes later.

The bromance is back!

Sidenote: Yes, I know I need to charge my phone but the world is ending so who cares.

At the end of the day, who knows what the hell happened. Perhaps Edelman was trying to be petty and didn’t expect to see his unfollow called out by many, or maybe a rogue thumb accidentally unfollowed Brady while perusing his page late at night. (You ever tag yourself in a stranger’s photo and then have to explain that you didn’t mean to do it and that you were merely looking at a larger version of their photo? Let me tell you, that’s easily one of the weirdest conversations you’ll have.) Or maybe Edelman’s publicist quickly called to let Edelman know the social media bazooka he just fired with the unfollow.

No matter the reason, let me confirm what you’re already thinking: This is all so dumb. But it is 2020.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.