Tom Brady’s bad words draw FCC complaints

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Tom Brady says he’ll keep using the F-word on the football field, and if people don’t like hearing it they should blame the TV networks. Some viewers have done just that.

The Federal Communications Commission has received three complaints from viewers who are angry that they were watching Patriots games on network television and heard Brady swear — or could tell he was swearing by reading his lips.

The Smoking Gun has obtained the complaints, which came after Brady used foul language during the loss to the Packers. One parent wrote that “6 year old children know how to read lips even if there is no sound” and added that TV cameras should not “show Tom Brady screaming the F word on national TV.”

Another viewer wrote the FCC that, “My 8 year old grandson was watching the game with me and even commented that he should not have said that. . . . I understand the first time it happened that the camera man would not have expected that but to keep the camera on Tom Brady as he kept yelling was uncalled for.”

A third viewer wrote that the network “clearly knew he was saying it and so did my 10 year old son.”

Parents might not like it, but the reality is that kids hear the F-word on the playground so often that they probably don’t think twice about hearing it from Tom Brady. Still, plenty of parents don’t want to hear profanity on the TV when the kids are watching football. Perhaps Gisele Bundchen can persuade Brady that he should tone it down because his own kids might be watching.

218 responses to “Tom Brady’s bad words draw FCC complaints

  1. The wussification of America continues. How about a parent take that as a teaching opportunity to tell their child or grand child that those are bad words and are not to be used? Instead, let’s write the FCC about it. Makes me sick.

  2. If you are a parent or caregiving and cannot figure out how to have a conversation to your child about what is and is not acceptable to say, then you have bigger issues than what Tom Brady yells on Sundays.

    My goodness people. We are living in a society where everyone gets so darn offended. Something tells me those 3 children live a VERY sheltered life.

  3. The FCC should deviate from their standard policy and levy a substantially larger fine than other entities are required to pay due to the fact children were involved.

  4. “wussification of america” please! Get off that old shtick. Do you honestly believe people would not have complained if they saw mouthed swear words on TV in the 5o’s and 60’s?

  5. I would think 3 complaints in a game watched by about 15 million people is a completely insignificant number. Obviously everyone that was offended didn’t file a complaint, but I would still imagine that the percentage of people upset with Tom Brady’s language on TV is under 1%.

  6. Oh Dear!! Another child corrupted for life. Come on, like they haven’t heard Daddy say it a few times while watching the JETS. LOL! We live in a society that refuses to admit the existence of the outside world. At some point
    these children will hear that and much more, for that matter watching some programs on TV can be a rather rude education as well so get over it. At least your there to handle and correct the child, like the article said, what can you do if your not there and it happens, and yes I have three kids of my own so I do understand.

  7. Um, if you can read lips, the F-Word is uttered by someone in about every other play at an NFL game.

    Why is it special when Tom Brady does it? Is this some kind of verbal tuck rule?

  8. pacificdan says:
    Dec 16, 2014 3:26 PM
    “wussification of america” please! Get off that old shtick. Do you honestly believe people would not have complained if they saw mouthed swear words on TV in the 5o’s and 60’s?

    ************************************

    No I don’t…

  9. saundman2000 says:
    Dec 16, 2014 3:31 PM
    Um, if you can read lips, the F-Word is uttered by someone in about every other play at an NFL game.

    Why is it special when Tom Brady does it? Is this some kind of verbal tuck rule?

    LOL. @ the FCC & all this other politically correct stuff. Better eliminate live mikes for ANY sound on field…and in any sport…There are alot worse words to use, alot. And Tom’s choice of words, adding an ING, is fun.

  10. The television is your babysitter and the government should be responsible for teaching kids what is right and wrong. Uh-huh. Sir Charles said it best, “I’m not paid to be a role model, parents should be role models.”

  11. I think we should broadcast the backgrounds and bios of all on the FCC. Is this America or the Soviet Union?

  12. Yes because there’s no way those kids have ever heard anyone anywhere curse before they saw Brady do it.

    The thought police know what they can do with their censorship and they won’t like those words any more than what Tom said.

  13. Are you kidding me? 3 lousy complaints out of millions of viewers and millions of viewers who find it refreshing to be able to actually hear the real game time experience on the field.

    Where in the Constitution, the law of this land, does it state that one cannot use the f-word? Last time I checked, the Constitution states we have a freedom of speech which means if one wants to say the f-word, then he/she is allowed to say the f-word.

  14. Meanwhile the FCC received floods of high praise and laughter from 8 year olds regarding Philip River’s Yosemite Sam behavoir and vocabulary during the same game.

  15. /Steelers fan mode ON

    This 8 year old boy is going to live a life of hurt if he can’t handle a few swears. When I was growing up, I dealt with cursing, alcohol abuse and blood on the occasion. STEELERS FAMILY PRIDE.

    /OFF

  16. So let me get this straight, its ok to watch the violent spectacle from a “family friendly distance” but if you get close enough to actually see what you are truly watching a censor hasn’t done their job properly? Is that what I’m getting?

    If anyone has ever played even one down of football at a higher level you know there are sounds to this game. With the amount of “N-Bombs” I’ve heard down on the field I’m surprised they don’t get on the air much more frequently. America would lose their collective mind if they knew the stuff guys say down there.

  17. Networks know that you can’t air such words on broadcast TV. They also know those words are used regularly on the field, always have been, and always will be.

    And yet they put mics on the field and stream them live, anyways. The fines have clearly been low enough or overlooked enough that they felt comfortable putting live mics on the field, and that any punishment they might get would be outweighed by the extra income they get by being “edgy.”

    At least until the fines outweigh the benefits, and it looks like that time is coming very quickly if it’s not already here.

  18. That’s the problem with over saturated media. Three people complain out of millions and for some foolish reason people think that something needs to be done. That thinking is wrong on so many levels…..

  19. Go back to your lives people. These are just jets fans who live in NE and have no other hope than to get the government involved in stopping the patriots. There is nothing more satisfying than a jets fans dad trying to convince his son why they should hate the patriots. To no avail.

  20. F-word gate.

    So if the Pats win it all this year, two years from now do we keep hearing

    “Haven’t won squat since F-word gate.” ??

  21. People complaining I leave that BS up to them, but if the FCC does something then we have a problem. I don’t like Brady or the Pats, but this is total BS, those viewers need to get a life ASAP. Besides, can they read lips? He could have been saying suck, get a life people.

  22. “Wait till Godell hears about this… say good bye to next years first round pick and 500K!!!”
    ——
    If the media made a big enough deal about it, Goodell would do something just like that. Substance of the matter is irrelevant to him. That’s how he operates.

  23. No wawa33 this is the USA where the christian right makes all the rules. Don’t worry though they will protect us all from the horrible, soul snatching, evil that is nudity and naughty words.

  24. At least he didn’t use the R word – Redskins. That was unacceptable by all those Patriot fans, then again, the f-bomb since it was from a Patriot, everybody should just get over it and focus on more important things.

    Different Rules for Patriots,
    T-Sizzle

  25. Hawk944- that is spot on. I have a 12 year old boy who hears me say it on Sunday and when I get really mad. Of course, I am a Vikings fan so he probably hears it more than if I was a Pats fan. He has never said it around me that I have heard although I know he says it with friends and stuff. I know I did at his age. It is football- not ice skating. People don’t seem to get that

  26. I just turned 60 and this reminds me of a high school lacrosse game when I got two penalties for yelling the f-word on the field. The ref was actually a good guy who thought he was teaching me a valuable lesson. My coach was not too pleased with me. The intensity of sports and cursing are as American as apple pie.

  27. Since they can’t keep Brady out of the hall-of-fame for compromising the game with spygate, lets do an al capone and rule him ineligible on a technicality of using the F-bomb.

    Pete Rose never cheated, he was just a gambler. He is banned.

  28. buhbay1c says:
    Dec 16, 2014 3:24 PM
    The FCC should deviate from their standard policy and levy a substantially larger fine than other entities are required to pay due to the fact children were involved.

    ___________________________

    Now that is funny. Nicely done!!

  29. No problem … just give Bill Belichick the video archive of the incident. He’ll make the offending footage disappear.

  30. dsigrey says:
    Dec 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    pacificdan says:
    Dec 16, 2014 3:26 PM
    “wussification of america” please! Get off that old shtick. Do you honestly believe people would not have complained if they saw mouthed swear words on TV in the 5o’s and 60’s?

    ************************************

    No I don’t…
    ————-
    Are you kidding me? They censored an Elvis performance to cut out his “gyrating hips” in the 1950’s. If anything, America has gotten a lot thicker skinned in this regard.

  31. I’ve tried to understand, but cannot come up with any good reason why words exist that you’re not allowed to say. Who decided what words were “bad”? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    There’s at least five different ways to say poop and children can say four of those five – and we usually laugh at it. But if they say sh–, everyone goes nuts. Why????

    By the way, it should come as no surprise that I swear around my kids all the time.

  32. When my daughter was four I took her into a fast foot restaurant and she heard the cook drop the F’ bomb and repeated it. I asked her not to do say that word and I haven’t heard it since.
    I didn’t realize how much damage has been done to her or how much a victim I am. I must write a formal complaint.

  33. Interesting… and NFL.com feels it’s OK to use the word ‘pissing’ in one of there headlines describing Tom Brady’s run.

    Maybe it’s only considered a swear word in the UK, and it won’t corrupt the children of the world.

    I’m so bored right now – can you tell?

  34. Yet these parents have no complaints about the NFL being sponsored by beer companies and their children being subjected to advertisements encouraging drinking alcohol.

  35. Pats fans are so sensitive…Can imagine what they would do if they found out the Florida Panthers are ahead in the standings of their Boston Bruins.

  36. … and before anyone mentions it, I’ve just noticed I wrote ‘there’ instead of ‘their’ in my previous comment.

    Seriously – I’m even being my own grammar police, that’s how bored I am!

  37. Three people complain and we are supposed to care? Even if a hundred people complained, who cares? There are millions upon millions of people watching these games. Talk to me when a majority, or even a quarter of them complain and maybe I could change my tune.

  38. LOL I think this issue was adequately covered in “A Christmas Story” 30 years ago.

    But, on a more serious note, it’s okay for all the major networks to lead the 7AM news broadcasts daily with stories of killing, rape, cheating, infidelity, divorce, police brutality, racism, and any number of other things that “little eyeballs” are absorbing while Mommy and Daddy are being “responsible” by knowing the “news” of the day.

    PPPLLLEEASE!!!!!

    Get a grip, America!

    Oh. I forgot to mention the videos on MTV or whatever network actually plays videos.

    Yeah, those are much better for kids than Tom Brady bleepin’ out a four-lettered word.

    (Sigh!)

  39. Perhaps PFT Nation should write the FCC and demand more Tom Brady and other athletes swearing on TV?

    I disdain the idea of people complaining about political correctness. But when it comes to four letter words in the media, this nation is pretty backwards on it.

    These words aren’t going to corrupt your child or grandchild.

    Your feckless (grand)parenting might though.

  40. Do don’t hear any mention of the sick advertisement the sponsors display containing mostly violence, adult situations (Dad, what’s an erection lasting four hours?) and bathroom humor. HYPOCRITES!!!!!

  41. LOL Yeah, really. What happens during the commercial break when little Joey asks Grandpa, “Hey, Grandpa? What’s Viagra?”

  42. Reading lips requires the child to have heard the word before and to be familiar with it. If you haven’t heard it before, you won’t know what the mouthing looks like.

    Maybe NBC should run it on a delay… (and not the kind of delay they run some sports on… like Wimbledon where they showed it a few hours later).

  43. On the one hand, this is just ridiculous, monitoring what players say in the heat of battle.

    On the other, blaming the networks for your potty mouth is also pretty lame.

  44. Our country has become an embarrassment.

    Seriously…if you got offended by what Brady did and felt compelled to call the FCC then please pack up your belongings and move out of the USA.

    It’s insane how sensitive our society has become.

  45. If Brady had a little composure and class this wouldn’t have happened. I don’t walk around my office all day dropping F-bombs, even when I’m angry at upderperforming staff.

  46. The complaints were not about Brady saying it. The complaints were about the network showing it over and over again. Basically glorifying it.

    Sure parents have to be responsible for teaching their kids BUT they should also be able to watch tv and reasonably expect that it will be appropriate for the youngsters to view.

  47. “..but the reality is that kids hear the F-word on the playground so often that they probably don’t think twice about hearing it from Tom Brady.”

    Neither my 8-year-old nor school officials have ever said to me that profanity is occurring on the elementary school playground. And I’ve never heard profanity from the kids while at the park.

    You must have grown up in a rough neighborhood…

  48. Look it, parents need to start being parents and talk to there damn kids. If your kid can lip read that, THEY ALREADY KNOW THE WORD! Tom Brady didn’t teach it to them. Pretty sure the parents were the ones offended, not the kids. If you don’t make a big deal about something, neither will your kids.

  49. I don’t seem to remember Brady being caught on camera last week cursing. The entire second half of the Dolphins game was a party on the Patriots sideline scoring 27 answered points in the second half winning the AFCE for the sixth straight season.

    Brady was all smiles in his Patriots Run The East tshirt and hat in the locker room after the game.

    Have to love the intensity Brady has for the game !

  50. I hate Tom Brady as much as the next guy, but it is not just Brady throwing F-bombs. There is a 2-3 second delay from live tv… if the network didn’t want it on there, it wouldn’t be there.

  51. This reminds me of Ralphie from a Christmas Story…ie. Where did you hear that word (referring to the “F” word), “well, I must have heard that word 10 or 12 times a day by my old man!”

    If you don’t want your children hearing swear words…go live on the moon. Kids hear cuss words EVERYWHERE!!! From their family to kids in school

  52. Kind of ironic…. basically, when we are watching football, we are enjoying a certain kind of glorified violence. It is our modern time gladiators… so, Mom, Dad, and Grandpop sit down, to watch some men, basically hit and whip the snot out of one another.. waiting for a hit that makes one scream, “wooooahhhh”… but figuring out Tom said the F Bomb offends them.

    Grow up parents. Freaking hypocrits

  53. It’s not anyone else’s job to protect your fart face kids. If you don’t want them hearing the F bomb, make better parenting choices. Heaven forbid they are ever exposed to anything other than rainbows, unicorns, and participation ribbons.

  54. At first I thought this was from the Onion. I mean seriously? An athlete swears? and the kids can’t take it any more? Parents, a perfect opportunity for TEACHING your kids what you want. you do not need to go to someone else to do this….try handling it yourself.

  55. This is completely the network’s fault. They did not catch Brady cussing live. He was swearing during a live play. The networks went out of their way to capture Brady’s reaction, knew he could be seen swearing and still showed the replay as the game cut to commercial. This is straight TV editing for dramatic effect.

  56. I think the pressure of being at the end of his career, with his ultimate legacy being spygate and illegitimate SB wins, is finally taking its toll on him.

  57. Well let me put it this way if your kid can read lips of football players cursing then there is a issue at home my kids watched the same football and I had no issues with no curses being said but my kids also do know right from wrong so you teach your kids right from wrong there would be no issue

  58. 5th time is the charm baby!!!

    The letter really said

    “6 year old BEEP’N children know how to BEEP’N read lips even if there is no BEEP’N sound” and added that TV cameras should not “show Tom BEEP’N Brady screaming the BEEP’N F word on national BEEP’N TV.”

    “My 8 year old BEEP’N grandson was watching the BEEP’N game with me and even commented that he should not have BEEP’N said that. . . . I understand the first BEEP’N time it happened that the camera man would not have BEEP’N expected that but to keep the BEEP’N camera on Tom Brady as he kept BEEP’N yelling was uncalled for.”

  59. I don’t think you would ever see Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers or Russell Wilson curse the way Tom Brady does. He obviously has very little class.

  60. Another viewer wrote the FCC that, “My 8 year old grandson was watching the game with me and even commented that he should not have said that. . .
    ~~~~~~~
    1) How did the child make that comment unless he heard it before?
    2) Why complain when it’s clear somebody has already addressed the appropriateness of the word with the child?

    Some people feel the need to complain about everything and/or want to impose their morals/values on others. What Brady did wasn’t criminal and some inappropriate things get out on a live broadcast. Deal with it people.

  61. “Why is it special when Tom Brady does it?”

    There is a difference. When players “say it all the time” on the field they are usually playing or jawing after the whistle. Those players, usually, are not focused on by cameras. Tom Brady was up close and personal nearly taking up the whole screen yelling, obviously frustrated, and dropping a trifecta of F-bombs. After the first one the director of the broadcast could certainly have changed the focus of the broadcast, but then again… Drama sells. The network and the director of the broadcast could easily make the argument that they are giving the viewer what we want.

    And a lot of people here are acting like the 3 parents that wrote complaints did not talk to their kids about this. Do you really think a parent who would take the time to write a bogus complaint like this wouldn’t make their kids’ life miserable with bogus talkings-to about silly “foul” language.. If you believe that then I have some land for sale you should buy.

  62. iamkillerfin says:
    Dec 16, 2014 3:53 PM
    Brady is the biggest baby when the defense starts getting to him & then starts yelling & has no control!!!

    —————

    He controls your team just fine. Hey, I understand why you and everyone else doesn’t like the team/QB/coach that destroys you teams year after year. I didn’t like the fins back 25-30 years when they were last any good.

    So I understand your jealousy. What I didn’t understand was how much Dolfin fans laughed at my jealousy back then just as we laugh at your pathetic spygate jokes now.

    Pats rule and your team drools

  63. I agree with Brady that given such situation, it is the best word. It’s liberating; it’s exhilarating. I would have used the same words now for those 3 parents but since I wouldn’t want to offend their virgin ears I say, fiddledeedee. Get a life!

  64. Censure Brady and then let Belichick send him to the locker room so that he can wash his mouth out with soap. Maybe Gisele should also give him some counseling about his potty mouth. I am sure his kids are hearing plenty of it around the house. He doesn’t like it when they are getting their *** handed to them. Plain and simple.

  65. 3 complaints? really??? 7 second delay, hit the dump button, move on!

    before we know it, Goodell will implement 15 yard penalty and disciplinary review for “potty mouth”

  66. Fans of other teams are helpless to prevent the Patriots 6 year and counting dominance of the AFC East so they need to come up with other ways to try and stick it to the Pats. Caring about swear words is one way, apparently.

  67. I am sick of this Puritanical Republican Administration imposing their “values” on all of us…..wait, what? Obama is President? I mean, it is important for the Government to protect our children. It’s for the children! Republicans hate children!

  68. Parents and people who are offended needed to understand that their kids will hear and learn of the f-word in school long before they start watching football on TV.

  69. Of course. Since “parents” won’t parent, we adults have to give up stuff intended for us, and anything that isn’t appropriate for little Timmy is frowned upon.

  70. That’s the funny thing………Marvin Lewis takes all kind of lip over the “midget” thing and here’s a guy blasting the F bomb all over the place on national TV. I don’t care if the TV cameras cover it or not. This is quite hypocritical. Lewis’s comment probably effected a much “smaller” audience than the one Brady insults…….

  71. I’m a Raider fan. Hearing the F word screamed loud and repeatedly is usually the only way I know the game is on…

  72. In today’s world there are no manners, respect for elders, respect for tradition, respect for laws, and respect for your fellow man….it’s a world for lazy people with limited vocabularies and a me me attitude…so you expect people to object to their favorite word?

  73. Can’t believe some people commenting here actually think it was okay to use the f-word on television in the 50s, but that things have changed because of political correctness and “wussification.” Right. They aired nudity and sex back then, too. It’s amazing how prudish we’ve become. (eye roll)

    In case everyone missed it, NFL refs can and do flag players for using offensive language–so players are required to mind their manners, even on the field. No, I don’t expect Brady or any other player to act like a lil angel. But I do expect the networks to stop freezing the camera on guys who are pitching fits. No, geniuses, six-year-olds do not routinely hear the f-word at school. That comes a wee bit later. Let the kids have what little childhood they can. If you can’t live without seeing cursing on screen, I’m sure someone near and dear will be happy to tell you to f-off in the privacy of your homes.

  74. Perhaps Gisele Bundchen can persuade Brady that he should tone it down because his own kids might be watching.

    You are kidding right? Please say you’re kidding.

  75. “The Federal Communications Commission has received three complaints from viewers who are angry that they were watching Patriots games on network television and heard Brady swear”

    This is a joke right?? 3 Complaints??

    REALLY!!!! NOW WAY… REALLY????

  76. Keep complaining and the NFL will only be available on cable channels with a subscription that costs $400/yr

  77. I can’t believe this is an issue. Some people just have nothing worthwhile to do except……….whine. This story shows there are at least three.

  78. I don’t care what Brady says on the sideline, but the networks are responsible for what they put on the air.

    There is no reason the networks couldn’t avoid putting that on camera, and there is no reason they can’t clear out the on-field profanities.

    Players are going to curse and swear. It is a physical and violent game. However when you know your audience contains young kids you don’t call attention to these things. The camera did not have to be on Brady as long as it was…Even 10 – 15 years ago if that happened then they would have jumped off him immediately and the announcers would have apologized that what they just saw made it on the air.

  79. Ok let me get this straight. In 2014 there is no profanity or deviate life styles that isn’t OK to broadcast over public air waves.

  80. If those folks are watching pro football, then nothing should offend them. From the adventures off the field to the booty shaking and gyrating on it, not to mention your favorite primetime show probably airs after it with a dose of profanity and boobage, I’m not sure how this gets them upset.

  81. Tom’s The Man….as the playoffs loom, he’s operating at a level of intensity and focus that I haven’t seen from him before, and the team is in lock step. They’ll need to be. The playoffs this year will be intense, as will whoever comes out of the NFC. I’d wager all three complaints have connections to Rex Ryan, as it’s Patriots v. Jets this week and the man will stop at nothing to cause a distraction.

  82. returntoexcellence says:
    Dec 16, 2014 5:47 PM
    I’m a Raider fan. Hearing the F word screamed loud and repeatedly is usually the only way I know the game is on…
    *********************************************************

    Good one….

  83. Three complaints?? Three?! Wow lets just bow to those three saints and not show any of the real emotion of a football game and the reason we all love the sport.

  84. I read that one complaint came from Indianapolis, one from Pennsylvania, and one from Florida. Pitiful, just pitiful, I can’t stop laughing.

  85. “My 8 year old grandson was watching the game with me and even commented that he should not have said that. . . .
    ————-
    the only way he would know it was a bad word is if he heard it before…perhaps from is grandfather…

  86. Has the FCC seen the ‘NY Quits Smoking’ ads? They won’t allow a football player to swear when he is under the emotions but they allow Terry on tv? just sad

  87. “I let my kids watch and play a violent sport where men try to enact as much violence as is allowed(and sometimes more), and vocally cheer it on, but I don’t want them to see any mouthed bad words” –Hypocritical Parent.

  88. Seriously…the people that are complaining are complete idiots. Kids hear far worse everyday when they are at school!

  89. Steelers are Superior says: Dec 16, 2014 3:20 PM

    Excuse us while we polish our trophy case in Pittsburgh.
    ++++++++++

    Why not wait for the playoffs, you’ll have nothing better to do.

    As for Brady, simply disgusting and he should be suspended for the remainder of the year including the playoffs.

    Signed – Peyton

  90. beachsidejames says:
    Dec 16, 2014 4:10 PM
    Pats fans are so sensitive…Can imagine what they would do if they found out the Florida Panthers are ahead in the standings of their Boston Bruins.

    ——————————————————

    Pats’ fans are still watching football.

    What’s up with your team?

  91. If you have a 6 year old kid who is reading the lips of Tom Brady saying the F-bomb and identifies what he is saying correctly, then chances are he is hearing it and seeing people use it a lot at home. Tom Brady is the least of your worries.

  92. Tom Brady is one of the best role models for young guys in America. He is courageous, highly intelligent and a consistent winner in life. Yes, he cusses a tad but he only does it to help motivate his teammates to do better.
    Over 40% of America uses the F-word on a regular basis. It is part of the general lexicon. Children should not be shocked to hear it. At some stage they will get exposed to it. This is a non-issue.
    Tom should be congratulated for breaking down another barrier.

  93. boo-hoo!!!! adults using adult words! *gasp*

    guarantee there is one thing in common with every single person who filed a complaint, and that is how they vote!
    ——————————

    I’m sure you’re going for a liberal slam here but in reality these complaints probably came from overly religious people which almost always vote republican because their christian values do not support things like food for the poor, healthcare for the sick and regulations for polluters.

  94. My 5 year-old grandson called his older sister a bastahd last Sunday. And that’s exactly how he pronounced it. I had to duck out the door so he wouldn’t hear me laughing.

  95. When the Pats lost 2 weeks ago to the Packers the cameras clearly caught Brady saying the F word three times in a row. Then before commercial break they decided to instant replay it again. I respect Tom’s game and all but I hate how broadcasts and everyone under the sun thinks he’s beyond the rules. People will say ” thats his competitiveness coming out”…….WHAT!!!!!!! This guy just said the F bomb x3 on primetime then replayed again!!!!!!!!

  96. This isn’t ballet, it’s football, the meanest, nastiest sport there is. Players get caught up in the heat of the moment and they’re only acting human for Christ’s sake. These aren’t choir boys we’re dealing with. Blame the CBS or FOX cameras for catching the F word if you don’t like it. Or you can just change the station to any one of 100 other channels where there’s no chance you’ll see the F word.

  97. The Pats vs Packers game at its peak drew in 31,166,000 viewers. So 3 complaints out of that many viewers is not even statistically relevant.

    In fact, out of that many viewers, I would expect to see more complaints every week, just because there are some crazies out there.

  98. Those were not swear words at all. Those were code words that are part of the ongoing spygate operation. I have no doubt about that. It’s part of the cheating scheme that has been in place since September of 2001. It’s more subtle cheating since people think he is cursing but it’s still cheating.

    Pathetic. I am shaking right now that is how angry I am. It really is outrageous that the league is letting them get away with it. Heroes like Peyton Manning lost Super Bowls because of the cheating and I find that offensive as an intelligent football fan.

  99. Those remarking that they have no problem with cursing while some kids might be watching the game, are the ones that have no problem dropping f-bombs infront of their children. Pretty pathetic parents.

  100. I think the NFL is missing the boat here. While the incessantly whining minority will continue to be “offended” by mere words, especially during a war-like game where you can lose your life on one play, I’d like to see the NFL have an “Adult” NFL alternative channel. Let the Cable providers and Satellite companies offer a “Extreme NFL Network” where even the broadcasters are allowed to curse! I’d pay for that! Now THAT, would be entertaining! It’s nothing a lot of us watching don’t say while the game is on anyway!

  101. ibangrocks4fun says: Dec 16, 2014 8:24 PM

    When the Pats lost 2 weeks ago to the Packers the cameras clearly caught Brady saying the F word three times in a row. Then before commercial break they decided to instant replay it again. I respect Tom’s game and all but I hate how broadcasts and everyone under the sun thinks he’s beyond the rules. People will say ” thats his competitiveness coming out”…….WHAT!!!!!!! This guy just said the F bomb x3 on primetime then replayed again!!!!!!!!
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    Players from all teams say a lot worse than that. It’s just that Brady gets more on camera time. Besides, that’s nothing compared to when tv crews screw up and broadcast naked players in the locker room on live tv.

  102. If you subject your children to the violence of the NFL and the overcommercialization of the broadcasts, a mouthed F word is probably toward the end of the line of bad influences your kid is getting.

  103. Tell this to a family with children who are in the middle of a war that are afraid for their lives every day and see if just one of them even gives a darn.
    There are 1st world and 3rd world problems.
    Why do we in the 1st world act like our little problems matter more than those of a child who is literally starving to death?

  104. We all have to pick our battles and to pick this one is just dumb.
    Even if I had kids I still wouldn’t care.

  105. Hit a guy as hard as you can to the point where players suffer season ending injuries every week, dress cheerleaders in next to nothing, especially on halloween, but don’t say the F-word (silently) because kids are watching. Are people crazy?

  106. Sure hope these parents aren’t watching HBO boxing with their little ones in the room. Lip reading unnecessary.

  107. Get over yourselves! Bunch of complainers. Who cares, you’re not going to lessen my enjoyment because you can’t talk to your kids about swearing and how to handle their emotions.

  108. bigdaddydooko says:
    Dec 16, 2014 4:00 PM
    I’ve tried to understand, but cannot come up with any good reason why words exist that you’re not allowed to say. Who decided what words were “bad”? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    There’s at least five different ways to say poop and children can say four of those five – and we usually laugh at it. But if they say sh–, everyone goes nuts. Why????

    By the way, it should come as no surprise that I swear around my kids all the time.

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    Well said. Fact is, society says there bad, so everybody should think there bad… Which I think is sickening. People are so brainwashed these days, they can’t decipher reality from their altered sense of reality that was instilled into them throughout the years.

    Second thing is everyone needs something to beach about. Whether it be the name of a football team, what someone says on television even though they say it themselves all the time, who’s religion is better, political views… Some people would just be sad if they didn’t have something to complain about. So many hypocrites.

  109. Its only a few people moaning and because they are different they make the headlines. We know whats right and wrong. Somebody somewere is moaning about something. Next they will want to stop players smashing into each other. Pathetic

  110. pacificdan says: Dec 16, 2014 3:26 PM

    “wussification of america” please! Get off that old shtick. Do you honestly believe people would not have complained if they saw mouthed swear words on TV in the 5o’s and 60’s?

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    I think you are misunderstanding the original poster’s comment….calling the FCC and complaining about a swear word is what you would expect to happen back in the 50’s and 60’s….but today it is utterly ridiculous…these kids hear there words, if not in their own home, on the school bus! To call and complain to FCC about it IS being a wussy. Bottom line is….they did it because it was TB

  111. These people need to get their minds out of the gutter and stop blaming others for their profane imaginations.

    It’s obvious that Brady was yelling “FUDGE!”….or perhaps “FUN!”. Or maybe it was “FUNK!”

  112. If you can’t tolerate the possibility of some adult language being spoken in the heat of the moment during an intense athletic event, then perhaps you should spend your Sunday afternoons in church instead of on the couch watching live NFL games.

  113. Newsflash… NFL players say the F word. Another Newsflash… They always have. They didn’t play it on TV… It’s no different than bleeping out the F word in songs played on the radio when it was obviously the word that was used. Common practice.

    The network wanted it on the air and didn’t break any rules. They could have chosen not to put it on. Very simple.

  114. Gordon Ramsey is bleeped mouthing the F word all the time… and his shows are pre-recorded. Why not re-film those moments without the swearing? Ratings!

    Same goes for basically every reality show.

  115. I hope the FCC performs a cost/benefit analysis of Tom using bad words. Personally, as a Packer fan, taking in the context of WHY he used the “F” word repeatedly…

    I think I can speak for all Packer fans—

    Priceless !

    Possibly the highlight of that game.

  116. I think we need to examine what makes a word “profane.”
    For example, I can say, “doing the sex act,” or “copulation,” but I cannot say the F-word.
    Same thing with the S-word. I can say “excrement,” or “making excrement,” but I cannot say the S-word.
    We can describe the bad words, we can say the definition of the bad words, but we cannot say the words themselves. Why? It makes no sense.

  117. I am going to start hashtag wars on everything I find offensive from now on. Of course, all it takes is one person to be offended before we need to make a change, right?

  118. These parents are allowing their children to watch a sporting event that is somewhat violent, but they get offended when foul language is used. What is wrong with these people? It’s ok to slam a guy into the ground, as long as you don’t say bad words.

  119. 1.) 6 year olds cannot read lips, and on the remote chance that they can….they should NOT know what that word means. If they do know what it means, then it’s because someone else taught them, and it wasnt Tom Brady

    2.) At least the 8 year old knew the word was not a good one. Its a parents job to teach our kids what words should be used in public.

    If a parent believes that an NFL sideline is the only place that his or her little bundle of joy is going to be exposed to foul language they are sorely mistaken.

    A parent should use such episodes as immediate teaching opprotunities, and say something like: “Just because he or shoe does it doesnt make it right”

  120. It does need to stop. Here is an idea, LEAVE YOUR HELMET ON. Thats a start. I am all for the league removing mics from sidelines. I only need to hear it on NFL Films. Not every Sunday. Unlike the comments above, this has nothing to do with “wussification”. Get a clue. Its about portraying appropriate material on national airways. When the inmates run the asylum, you see what happens. Look at the idiot uniforms college teams where. Thats why NFL has uniform guidelines and thats why FCC has rules too.

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