Best Buddies charity apologizes for banning Boston Globe photographer

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The ejection of the Boston Globe photographer from the Tom Brady-backed charity event in retaliation for a Boston Globe article questioning the use of the charity’s money wasn’t in retaliation for a Boston Globe article questioning the use of the charity’s money, after all.

That’s what a spokesperson for Best Buddies International said Saturday in apologizing to the Globe for having a photographer led away by security, according to CSN New England.

I’m sorry that it happened,” Nicole Maddox said. “It’s unfortunate that it happened. Tom Brady had nothing to do with it.”

Maddox claimed that the move was “100 percent not related” to the April 22 Globe story questioning the distribution of Best Buddies funding to Brady’s foundation, and that it instead arose from a “misunderstanding” regarding credentialing.

So what was the misunderstanding? They thought the photographer was with the non-credentialed Boston Glove?

Whatever the mixup, when the photographer shows up at a Boston event and claims an affiliation with one of the primary newspapers in Boston, any “misunderstanding” should have been quickly resolved, if the persons putting on the event wanted to have photos from the event appear in one of the primary newspapers in Boston. The fact that the photographer was led away by security makes it seem like something other than a “misunderstanding.”

Unless the “misunderstanding” is that the people keeping the gate mistakenly understood that the Globe wasn’t welcome.

Making the apology seem even more odd is the fact that few were criticizing Brady and/or Best Buddies for not welcoming a photographer from a publication that seemed to go out of its way to raise questions regarding transactions between charitable endeavors that both have benefited from Brady’s involvement and support — especially with no evidence that anything improper or illegal occurred. Brady and Best Buddies had reason to be upset with the article, and in turn every right to tell anyone associated with the Globe that they’re not welcome at the event.

The fact that Best Buddies doesn’t seem to be willing to own the apparently deliberate nature of the outcome is a bad look. And I say that with full assumption of the risk that if anyone from PFT were to show up for a future Best Buddies event, there may be a similar “misunderstanding” regarding credentialing.

29 responses to “Best Buddies charity apologizes for banning Boston Globe photographer

  1. Didn’t they also call Super Bowl LI for the Falcons when it was getting kinda late and they wanted to go to bed? #professionals

  2. Tom Brady and his associates always seem to come off as dishonest. Why not just tell the truth and move on instead of always trying to pull a fast one on people?

  3. Best Buddies is a charitable foundation of the Shriver Kennedy family. This is not a liberal vs conservative thing. It’s Boston Globe/Red Sox vs. Patriots/Tom Brady. Anyone who believes it wasn’t a Globe hit piece (Dan Shaughnessy of the Globe) is being a bit dishonest.

  4. Your belief that they felt the need to explain that it wasn’t intentional despite their being no clamor for an apology proves it WAS intentional?

    Even by the pretzel logic standards typical of this site, that makes no sense. No PR person would EVER apologize or explain anything for which they weren’t receiving any bad press. The fact that they felt the need to explain despite them getting no negative pub says to me that it was in fact unintentional and that they actually cared that the real story got out there.

    I realize that is not as salacious and controversial as your story, sometimes things are exactly as they seem.

    Google “Occam’s Razor”.

  5. A democratic society thrives on bullying of the press. (Just ask the cornfed crowd. They’ll be happy to tell ya’ll.)

  6. Are you kidding me Florio? The original Globe article was a weak attempt at some sort of ‘gotcha’ hit job that implied, falsely, that Brady was lining his pockets with charity money. Then, when there’s a perfectly plausible explanation for the photographer being banned, you do the ‘yeah, sure’ routine. I thought you were better than that. Brady shook Goodell’s hand after ‘deflategate’. He ain’t worried about a photographer.

  7. According to you, everything is a bad look. The reality is that no one in New England cares. The Globe sucks and most people in New England laughed when the photographer got turned away. And most people from New England don’t give a rats ass about what others outside New England think.

    So I’m not really sure it’s a bad look, a bad look in who’s eyes, or who even cares.

  8. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 4, 2017 10:21 AM
    they don’t need to apologize

    the vile scum should have been removed

    our society is literally crumbling before our eyes

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    The article doesn’t mention his or her name, but they are vile scum. Yes our society may be crumbling before our eyes, but it’s because of self appointed “I know everything” people like you.

  9. Best Buddies probably got more mad at the hit piece than Brady did they don’t like being accused of being a slush fund organization. There was no physicality involved in the exchange so I’m not sure why Best Buddies even apologized for this.

  10. pastabelly says:
    Jun 4, 2017 11:11 AM
    Best Buddies is a charitable foundation of the Shriver Kennedy family. This is not a liberal vs conservative thing. It’s Boston Globe/Red Sox vs. Patriots/Tom Brady. Anyone who believes it wasn’t a Globe hit piece (Dan Shaughnessy of the Globe) is being a bit dishonest.

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    Except if you do hate the Patriots and want to see them get hit and you really dont care who, how, or why just as long as they get hit, then this works out kind of nice.

  11. The reporter, if he was credentialed properly and showing it properly, could have easily gotten the matter resolved. In a case where a reporter wants their story they will fight for it not just say aw shucks, get in their car, and go home to write about getting banned. Unless of course they thought that getting banned would make for a better story than a few quotes at a charity event. In that case showing the credentials more properly would be counter productive because it might resolve the misunderstanding which would lose that juicier story.

  12. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Jun 4, 2017 11:13 AM

    […]

    Google “Occam’s Razor”.

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    Though I’d argue “Brady retribution” involves fewer assumptions than “miscommunication.” Brady retribution only assumes Brady’s intention. But “miscommunication,” in order to be believable, involves assuming the behavior of multiple members of the charity’s staff (i.e., more than one person had to mistake the Globe for the Glove).

  13. Looked like a great event. No wonder the organizers didn’t want the haters there. Congrats for raising money for a worthwhile cause.

  14. Florio, the days of “bad looks” are gone. In our Kardashian-fueled, hot take, viral, media frenzy for clicks (which this site never tries to generate ) LOOKS are the measure of importance.

  15. Stealth junk: what are you smoking? It was the NFL that was dishonest, not Tom. Or did you forget the lie that started frame gate? Remember when the NFL lied about the footballs being “2 pounds under”? Plus the 56 lies in the wells report!
    When is the NFL going to release the PSI levels??

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 4, 2017 10:21 AM
    they don’t need to apologize

    the vile scum should have been removed

    our society is literally crumbling before our eyes

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    If society is crumbling before our eyes you are certainly an example,of why with your hateful discourse on anything that doesn’t favor your team. As so many other Patriot supporters on here say they don’t care what people think they are above it all and no rules apply to the chosen ones……high character people.

    It always appears something is amiss with this franchise and fan base…..but they never think it is….clueless.

    The Pat’s did it on purpose because their snowflake feelings got hurt….wawawawa

  17. Nofoolnodrool. U mad huh?

    Speak English homey. It may be your second language, but you need the practice.

    ..Ya homey I am a mad hatter, but crazy as a fox…..

    I must be really getting to them if the shallow end of the gene pool is commenting.

  18. It was a normally great charity event for the area which should be even “spicier” after the Globe’s piece on it and the Globe only sends a photographer and no reporters? Or was it that the other Globe staff made it in but it doesn’t serve the story?

  19. So Shameasy wrote the hack piece about Brady’s charity? That figures, he’s still desperately trying to discredit Belichick and Brady at every opportunity and looks like a fool every time.

    He needs to go find Farcells’ on his shuffleboard court and write another article on how much better he was than Belichick.

  20. droppedinagreasefire says:
    Jun 5, 2017 5:24 AM
    Once again the Pats and Brady are caught up in lies and innuendos. Why always them??
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    Because Bellichick and Brady are friends with Trump. It’s that simple.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 4, 2017 4:33 PM
    This whole thing doesn’t pass the smell test.
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    Not unlike you posing as a Pats fan or bitter old drool taking anyone else to task over ‘hateful discourse.’

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