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Tom Brady successfully (and permissibly) ducked media during OTAs

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After the wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declared last month that Brady suffered a concussion in 2016 and others in prior years, Brady said nothing. He still has said nothing.

As noted by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Brady declined all media requests during the five Patriots offseason practices that were open to reporters. Reiss also points out that Brady won’t be fined for ducking reporters, based on the NFL’s 2017 media policy.

Brady likely will be able to avoid media throughout most if not all of training camp, with the policy making cooperation mandatory only when the regular season launches, with Brady required to be available once during the week and after each game.

By then, however, Brady will be able to say that it’s an old issue, that it’s already been addressed, and that he’s focused on the 2017 season. That way, he’ll never have to tiptoe into the minefield created by his wife’s comments, which he can’t refute without creating problems at home and can’t confirm without creating problems at work.

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45 Responses to “Tom Brady successfully (and permissibly) ducked media during OTAs”
  1. mazenblue says: Jun 18, 2017 9:28 PM

    OMG, what a cheater wahhhhhhhh

    -haters

  2. mazenblue says: Jun 18, 2017 9:30 PM

    Cmon, put em up put em, fight like a man…. Yall remember that cartoon lol. That picture tho. Tom would get beat up in a real fight. I bet he slaps with his head turned away, love ya Tom Go blue!!

  3. jade429 says: Jun 18, 2017 9:32 PM

    This is the best statement that he can make. “I would like to let everyone that I am fine. I understand why my wonderful wife would feel like I had problems last year. Like any wife in this league when her husband tells them that they have a headache the immediate reaction is do you have a concussion. That is understandable because of the nature of the game. I love that she worries about me that way because it shows how much we love each other. But I can assure you all that I am and have been fine.

  4. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 18, 2017 9:41 PM

    How cute.

  5. pastabelly says: Jun 18, 2017 9:51 PM

    Brady also is on WEEI every Monday after games for 15 -20 minutes. He doesn’t avoid the media.

  6. kissbillsrings says: Jun 18, 2017 9:53 PM

    Brady was smart to do what he did & make it a non issue….
    Now all the press can do is cry about it & make stuff up…. Oh wait, they’d NEVER do THAT!!!

  7. terripet says: Jun 18, 2017 10:12 PM

    Most overrated quarterback of all time

  8. cadreamer1969 says: Jun 18, 2017 10:31 PM

    The Pats concentrate on football and not the TMZ stories that the media loves. Didn’t she say they didn’t talk about it?

  9. tampabayirish says: Jun 18, 2017 10:32 PM

    Why should any player have to deal with the media….ever?

  10. eddievortex says: Jun 18, 2017 10:34 PM

    terripet says:
    Jun 18, 2017 10:12 PM

    Most overrated quarterback of all time
    ___________________________________

    Thanks, I needed a good laugh tonite!

  11. jagsfanugh says: Jun 18, 2017 11:02 PM

    Not a Pats fan at all but Brady is GOAT (at least in the last decade).

  12. bkostela says: Jun 18, 2017 11:04 PM

    It’s ok if Tom Brady says nothing, yet this site has continuously blasted Odell Beckham Jr. for not providing the media with an explanation of his current situation.

  13. mellimac says: Jun 18, 2017 11:19 PM

    C’mon Tom, play for other hand, not the talking heads so concerned (yeah right) about a non-issue. You can be guaranteed if Tom felt his noggin was getting too abused he’d call it quits. He has reached immortality in this game.
    If he manages to get an eight appearance and 6 rings, I suspect that will stand for all time. Even his 5 are pretty unassailable unless NFL starts playing flag football. His 7 appearances are definitely not reachable.

  14. faithful49er707 says: Jun 18, 2017 11:36 PM

    Not a Pats hater.

    Bellichek is one of the greatest head coaches in NFL history. Brady is one the best QB’s in league history. The Patriots have been the most successful NFL franchise the last decade and a half and are 5time Super Bowl champions. Period.

    My only issue with the Patriots is many of their fans think the media,league, opposing teams, and opposing team fan bases just make up false accusations to discredit their success out of jealousy and anger.

    Where their is smoke their is fire. I’m sure some of it is lies but, it definitely is not all lies. We’re all passionate about our teams but let’s not be naive and act like “my team is perfect and never done wrong”.

    The whole media/league/opponents are just out to get us talk by Patriots fans is played out and weak. Just like the Patriots are cheaters and are the only ones cheating/looking for an edge talk is played out and weak.

  15. bullcharger says: Jun 18, 2017 11:46 PM

    Or maybe he just doesn’t want to talk to the media because it sucks.

  16. glaedrfly says: Jun 19, 2017 12:30 AM

    Better get it over with before season starts or it will be a distraction. Something tells me Patriots/Tom are untouchable, so why worry.

  17. burtmustin says: Jun 19, 2017 1:51 AM

    As noted in a prior comment, Brady does a regular interview on WEEI the day after a game during the season. One of the hosts, Kirk Minehan , will often grill him with uncomfortable questions and Brady can handle it quite well.

  18. bencoates57 says: Jun 19, 2017 6:17 AM

    He had the,swagger of Roger Moore.

  19. daddeeo says: Jun 19, 2017 6:28 AM

    to the Media: Tom knows more about ISIS then the Generals… Beellliiiiiiieeeevvveeee ME!

  20. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 19, 2017 6:31 AM

    My only issue with the Patriots is many of their fans think the media,league, opposing teams, and opposing team fan bases just make up false accusations to discredit their success out of jealousy and anger.

    Where their is smoke their is fire.

    Oh there’s fire alright, at 345 Park Ave.

    Had you paid attention in science class you’d know a lie when you heard one.

  21. bullcharger says: Jun 19, 2017 6:51 AM

    The only thing he is trying to avoid is the follow up question. After Brady confirms that he has not had a concussion he would have to answer a private question about why Gisele would say that. The answer is not going to be good for him no matter what he says. Saying something to the media that discredit’s his wife would be a disaster.

    Best thing is to never address it or just say “I think my agent covered that” and forget about it.

  22. bullcharger says: Jun 19, 2017 6:58 AM

    terripet says:
    Jun 18, 2017 10:12 PM
    Most overrated quarterback of all time

    ——————–

    Let’s see… the goal is to win. Brady has been the key to the Patriots to winning more then any other team in history. Logically, how could he possibly be overrated? It’s impossible. He’s clearly way underrated.

    Now, Peyton. He only won the Super Bowl twice. Considering how highly rated he was (5 MVPs) he certainly didn’t live up to the hype from a winning championships perspective. That’s overrated.

  23. yourunclerico says: Jun 19, 2017 6:59 AM

    and the media were the only ones that cared.

  24. 315judman says: Jun 19, 2017 7:11 AM

    If reporters want to ask him about his wife’s comments, they’ll wait and do it at his first availability. He can try the “old news” angle all he wants. A hidden concussion(s) to the NFL’s marquee player… that’s news. AND… even bigger news if he doesn’t want to talk about it as the logical follow up question “have you suffered memory loss, tom?”

  25. rutchaser says: Jun 19, 2017 7:47 AM

    Patriot fans, please stop saying the word “haters.”

    I’m not a fan but I don’t hate your team. Come up with something else.

  26. cromagarmy76 says: Jun 19, 2017 7:53 AM

    @faithful49er707 I am not a Patriots fan, but I think the league is ABSOLUTELY has some insane vendetta against Brady and Belichick. How else can you explain suspending the face of the league, a great ambassador of the game, and possible greatest QB of all time over some footballs that may or may not have been at the wrong PSI. It’s actually bananas.

    #eaglesfan

  27. 345snarkavenue says: Jun 19, 2017 8:16 AM

    faithful49er707 says:
    Jun 18, 2017 11:36 PM

    The whole media/league/opponents are just out to get us talk by Patriots fans is played out and weak. Just like the Patriots are cheaters and are the only ones cheating/looking for an edge talk is played out and weak.

    ——-

    I’m a Patriots fan and I agree with you to a certain extent. I think the underlying issue is that the “accusations” and “smoke/fire” only seems to generate long-lasting frenzy when it involves the Patriots.

    there have been numerous accounts of suspicious activity in the last couple years that has nothing to do with the Patriots….and none of them seem to be a big deal to the league and a lot of fans/internet commentors. However if any of those were the Patriots, yeah I’d bet they’d be a big deal.

    And when the league does have the opportunity to clarify something (like, say, release the halftime psi data), they don’t, and it perpetuates the myths that many need to cling to for their sanity.

  28. beachsidejames says: Jun 19, 2017 8:26 AM

    It was media guy that stole his jersey…. so why would he want to talk to media guys? Next they will be trying to steal his car.

  29. whatjusthapped says: Jun 19, 2017 8:38 AM

    Maybe he was shopping for a new cell phone?

  30. boxscore20k says: Jun 19, 2017 8:57 AM

    ESPN = Fake News

  31. intrafinesse says: Jun 19, 2017 8:59 AM

    The reason players of all sports have to deal with the media is it helps build interest in a huge money making industry.

    At Disney World employees are told to wave to customers. If you have a sales force, they should be nice to clients. You want paying customers to like your product. If every football player boycotted the media, and every coach acted like Belichick, there would probably be less interest in the sport.

    Also, Brady can get away with that because he’s at the top of his game. A lesser player would lose out on endorsement revenue.

  32. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 19, 2017 9:02 AM

    GOAT.

    That is all.

    🙂

    #ThereIsNoQuestion
    #ThereIsNoDoubt
    #ThereIsNoWayToDeny
    #AllHailTheKing
    #AllHailTheGreatest
    #BowDownPatriotHater
    #BowDownPunks
    #BowToTheManWhoOwnsEachOfU
    #BowDownToTheRulersOfTheNFL
    #BowDownToTheWorldChampions.
    #BowDownToTheNFLsGreatestDynasty
    #BowDownToTheWinningestQBInHistory
    #BowDownToTheWinningestTeamThisCentury

  33. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 19, 2017 9:08 AM

    terripet says:
    Jun 18, 2017 10:12 PM

    Most overrated quarterback of all time

    —–
    Sorry to hear about your Colts struggles since they were caught with deflated footballs the night of the 2014 AFC Championship game. In fact they haven’t even made the playoffs once since that night.

    Perfectly understandable since the league is now checking for the right PSI in footballs. Interesting, yes?

    🙂

  34. bullcharger says: Jun 19, 2017 9:33 AM

    rutchaser says:
    Jun 19, 2017 7:47 AM
    Patriot fans, please stop saying the word “haters.”
    I’m not a fan but I don’t hate your team. Come up with something else.

    —————–

    Then you aren’t one of the haters. That’s good.

    Haters are the folks that aren’t generally fans of other teams either. They just log in to hate on the Patriots.

  35. psousa1 says: Jun 19, 2017 9:37 AM

    Lying Roger – Get Real Man! The Colts proudly wave their playoff participant banner! So don’t say they haven’t won anything! I read they even got juice boxes after that AFC Championship Game!

  36. somehomer says: Jun 19, 2017 9:46 AM

    Great Wall of China -28
    Tom Brady -3
    Late in the Huan dynasty

  37. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 19, 2017 9:50 AM

    psousa1 says:
    Jun 19, 2017 9:37 AM

    Lying Roger – Get Real Man! The Colts proudly wave their playoff participant banner! So don’t say they haven’t won anything! I read they even got juice boxes after that AFC Championship Game!
    —-
    LOL! I got nothing. 🙂

  38. mikespillane337 says: Jun 19, 2017 10:51 AM

    Lyinroger….that was good.

  39. mikespillane337 says: Jun 19, 2017 10:55 AM

    I remember a rams player saying Brady was overrated just before he led the Patriots on the game winning drive for their 1st SB win…..he was wrong too.

  40. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 19, 2017 11:08 AM

    He is not ready to address those Chinese HGH rumors.

  41. gregfalco15 says: Jun 19, 2017 11:09 AM

    It’s getting very confusing here when it comes to Brady. The same people that wish injuries on him are also extremely concerned about his health because he may have had one or more concussions in the past and they want to get to the bottom of this. These very same people blast Brady for not reporting such concussions and taking himself out of the game and at the same time blast him for not being tough and complaining to the refs anytime someone as much as touches him.

    These are dangerous times for living in the Patriots Troll-land.

  42. ibillwt says: Jun 19, 2017 11:29 AM

    Now, Peyton. He only won the Super Bowl twice.
    ——————-
    Actually even that would be a stretch; he was along for the ride twice even though he stained himself as usual in big games.

    As for Brady and the media, he can speak whenever and on whatever he chooses. He has paid his dues and more to the media and public with unmatched grace and humility. We all know what’s going on with the phony hyperventilating over a comment his wife made. If he wasn’t the Greatest Football Player of All Time playing for the Greatest Coach of All Time in the Greatest Football Dynasty of All Time, it would be ignored.

  43. bteam77 says: Jun 19, 2017 12:32 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Aaron Rodgers has not commented on ISIS……and doesn’t have to.

    Cam Newton has said nothing about air pollution in China……and doesn’t have to.

    Sam Bradford is not talking about a urinary tract infection……and is not required to.

  44. edgerules says: Jun 19, 2017 1:29 PM

    This obsession with Brady not speaking is getting ridiculous.

  45. carloswlassiter says: Jun 19, 2017 1:39 PM

    terripet says:
    Jun 18, 2017 10:12 PM

    Most overrated quarterback of all time
    ————————————————————-
    Where in the world do you rank Brett Favre?

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