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Tony Gonzalez believes the flap over quarterback Matt Ryan was contrived. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) Tony Gonzalez believes the flap over quarterback Matt Ryan was contrived. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he wanted to clear the air with Falcons fans about a recent magazine article that suggested he somehow disrespected Matt Ryan.

“There was no firestorm,” Gonzalez said. “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 and Ryan often dined after games in Buckhead. Their families are close and slight – real or perceived — was intended.

“Matt and I are going on two vacations together,” Gonzalez said. “Me and his wife (Sarah) and my wife (October), we go out to dinner…

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