So we’ve heard today various takes regarding the comments from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Here’s another take. Mine, as influenced by a league source with knowledge of the ongoing labor negotiations.
Brady’s “aw shucks, I just wanna play football”-style remarks will make it very hard for the quarterback to assume a leadership position in the union if/when a work stoppage becomes imminent.
Brady said he won’t be one of those “spoiled
athletes, bitching about making millions of dollars. Everyone works
hard to make a living for themselves. I certainly don’t
think we have much to gripe about.”
Instead of saying “we”, Brady should have been careful to say only “I”.
Said the source: “File Brady’s comments about his contract away for when the
shit hits the fan in collective bargaining. He said all the right things today
to get himself and everyone else focused on football. As a player rep, he may be
coached to say something different, but these words today may make a more hard
line position later ring hollow.”
The source is right. Brady’s effort to explain his own attitude toward getting paid to play football easily applies to every other player, and especially to any player making seven figures.
So when the union prepares to dig in, in the hopes of getting more money from the owners, the league needs to hit play on the DVD, so that we all will hear Justin Bieber’s big brother talking about “spoiled athletes, bitching about making millions of dollars.”