Chevy giving Tom Brady’s MVP truck directly to Malcolm Butler

AP

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler may be able to ride to his Saturday night bash in Las Vegas in a new set of wheels.

Chevrolet told CNBC that they will give the truck they usually give to the Super Bowl MVP to Butler. Quarterback Tom Brady, who won the MVP award and likely needs another set of wheels as much as he needs another pair of Uggs, expressed interest in giving the truck to Butler in recognition of the undrafted rookie’s interception at the goal-line with seconds to play in Super Bowl XLIX.

Because the car is considered a taxable prize by the Internal Revenue Service, Brady would have been on the hook for a tax bill of $13,500 for accepting the car and another $8,000 in gift tax for bestowing it upon Butler. Thanks to Chevy, which won’t be issuing two vehicles, Brady will hold onto that cash although Butler will presumably still owe the taxman something.

That closes the book on this story and moves us a little deeper into the long offseason wait to watch games rather than the whereabouts of a red truck.

108 responses to “Chevy giving Tom Brady’s MVP truck directly to Malcolm Butler

  1. A good reminder that for the government to give someone a dollar, they must first take that dollar from someone else.

  2. I thought Tom was just saying he would give it to him, but its pretty awesome he’s doing this.

  3. A simple, common-sense solution involving the NFL and its sponsors? Whoa, that’s gotta be a first

  4. Butler absolutely deserves the prize. In the previous play, he made an amazing play to tip the ball. It was pure luck it bounced right to Kearse, but his teammate could have tried to grab the ball in mid air or knock it completely out of reach instead of merely jumping over the players. Plus Butler had the wherewithal to recognize that Kearse had the ball and tackle him as Kearse ran to the end zone. I’m no Pats fan, but I’m very impressed by Butler and the coaching to prepare him to expect a pass when everyone in the world thought Lynch would run.

  5. I hate the off-season. At least it isn’t another story about someone getting arrested. For the record, I can’t picture Tom Brady driving a Chevy. Doesn’t seem like a truck guy.

  6. Butler will never have to buy another drink in Boston … ever.

    He really killed it. Had he made great play, but not snagged the pick — we’re looking at a whole new set of history books. But he made the read immediately (responded to his coaching), made the play on the ball instantly and HUNG ONTO the ball. Absolutely awesome play by the guy!!!

  7. I’m sure Chevy paid the tax too. This is very common these days, ever since the IRS cracked down on prizes a few years ago, it’s often prize + tax given away.

    This came about because people winning cars at sporting events, for instance, couldn’t afford the tax and were selling the prizes.

  8. Chevy could give Butler cash to cover the tax bill on the truck, but that would be taxable too. Calculus would figure out exactly how much they’d need to give him to cover taxes on the truck, and taxes on money to cover taxes on the truck, and taxes on money to cover the taxes on the money to cover the taxes on the truck….

  9. TheWizard says:
    Feb 6, 2015 5:55 PM

    A good reminder that for the government to give someone a dollar, they must first take that dollar from someone else.

    ———————————————————

    Actually, it’s a good reminder that those dollars go to build roads, sewers, and beverages, and pay cops and fire fighters.

  10. Actually, it’s a good reminder that those dollars go to build roads, sewers, and bridges, and pay cops and fire fighters.

  11. For what that kid did for the “LEGEND OF BRADY” the least he should do is toss the guy a check/Envelope. 13 grand is still a lot of money to an undrafted rookie!!

  12. dtp15 says:
    Why car companies are giving away vehicles to multi million dollar athletes anway, is beyond me.
    ………………
    Marketing 101. You, me and everyone else are talking about Chevy Trucks. PS, the Colorado is one of the hottest vehicles out right now.

  13. Butler is no Larry Brown (look him up)…this is not a case where a kid was just in the right place at the right time. What Butler did was the result of great skill, excellent instincts, guts, strength (he de-cleated Lockette), presence of mind, quickness and balls skills.

    It was a legendary play, but I doubt this is the last you’ll ever hear from him. This kid has a future…no he’s not likely to get a stupid contract because of one lucky day (the way Brown did), but he will definitely be in the mix in the Patriots secondary next season.

  14. Taxes. Taxes. Taxes. This government is so out control that they tax y when you die and even tax you when you try to give a car away! They never get enough money from us, do they?

  15. Great marketing move by Chevy. First give it Brady. Then Brady wants to give it to Butler, but there’s probably promotional and contractual agreements that make it difficult As well as tax probs. Then give it outright to the UFA player that saved the game. Well done by all three.

  16. “matt14gg says:
    Feb 6, 2015 6:37 PM
    Butler is no Larry Brown (look him up)…this is not a case where a kid was just in the right place at the right time. What Butler did was the result of great skill, excellent instincts, guts, strength (he de-cleated Lockette), presence of mind, quickness and balls skills. ==========================

    Funny you should bring up Larry Brown. He benefitted from two overthrown balls to “intercept” them and inexplicably win the MVP. What was funnier was the Raiders overpaying to sign him and the next year’s Super Bowl MVP.

  17. Given the circumstances at hand Butler’s play has to be considered one of the top three plays in Super Bowl history without dispute…

  18. Some people need to get over themselves. It’s a cool story, a nice move by Brady, and even if Butler doesn’t want the truck, he can flip it for much more than the tax dollar on it.

    I’d much rather hear about free trucks and this then athletes dropping E in drinks, beating up their girlfriends, driving around with a lb. of smoke and damn near a 1/4 mil in cash.

  19. This government is so out control that they tax y when you die and even tax you when you try to give a car away!
    ===
    Only if the estate is more than five million dollars in value or if the car is worth more than $14,000.

    Andrew Carnegie had some interesting thoughts on this subject.

  20. The kid made a play for the ages, but one play does not an MVP make. Brady set the record for Super Bowl completions at 37. He had four touchdowns. Sure, he threw two picks as well, but that’s going to happen when the running game is struggling and you’re playing against the best secondary in the NFL. Brady earned that MVP by putting the team on his back and getting it done.

  21. The kid isn’t making star money I bet he could really use the truck Most likely drives the only sbox in players lot. I can tell you one thing he won’t pay for gas when he pulls that baby into an Boston gas station. What a great story

  22. TheWizard says:
    Feb 6, 2015 5:55 PM
    A good reminder that for the government to give someone a dollar, they must first take that dollar from someone else.
    ———————-

    Roads, hospitals, schools, cops, firefighters, social security, libraries, soldiers, national defense, etc. AREN’T FREE.

    That’s why taxes exist.

    And since the GOP refuses to allow a sensible tax rate on high earners, the IRS has had to get creative to increase tax revenues.

    Someone who can afford to give an expensive gift to someone else (as in Brady to Butler) can also probably afford to pay a tax on it.

    And someone who just received an expensive gift (Butler) and probably afford to pay the tax on that gift.

    If you don’t like it, then tell me what you want to cut first from the list in my first paragraph.

  23. I don’t understand why y’all are acting like Butler didn’t just make 500k this year.

    Complaining about 14k in taxes? He was making 30,000 a game during the regular season.

  24. We have plenty of money to fund infrastructure and defense.

    I notice none of you mention bloated government pensions. They need Malcom Butler’s prize money for that, not paving your street.

  25. And since the GOP refuses to allow a sensible tax rate on high earners

    They already pay a higher rate than everyone else.

    I suppose we all have our own definition of “fair”.

    I think Malcom Butler and Tom Brady and Mike Florio should be taxed at the same percentage that you and I are.

  26. Winners: Chevrolet, Malcolm Butler, Tom Brady

    Losers: IRS

    Winners: What is right with America.

    Losers: What is wrong with America.

  27. Chevy gets lots more AD time with this move than just the SB, so everyone wins……..Tom should consider giving his WR, Edelman, something as well. He did great………….

    Congrats to Pats on a well played game. Hope to see you in the SB next year. Go Hawks!

  28. People worried about these pro athletes having to pay some taxes on the free truck? Give me that truck. I’ll gladly pay the taxes on it.

    That kid who Brady is giving that truck to made 100 grand for being on the winning super bowl team. I worked all year and didn’t hit 100k.

  29. Who is Mr. Brady’s tax adviser, Bill Belichick? This is blatant tax fraud and he is doing it right before our eyes. Mr. Brady has won the rights to the asset and now is controlling to whom the General Motors company is delivering it to. He has established CONSTRUCTIVE RECEIPT and control over the truck and owes you, me, the American public $21,500 according to the laws of this great nation. That, ladies and gentlemen, can buy alot of bulletproof vests for our boys overseas, a little cancer research perhaps, some family planning or maybe a few food stamps for a hungry child. Tom Brady – selfish tax CHEAT (allegedly)!

  30. Brady is avoiding having to pay tax on the truck. Unless he’s going to gift Butler the amount to pay the tax?

    Sidenote… the calculation of $8k in gift taxes mentioned had Brady given the truck to Butler (in the IRS’ eyes) is making a major assumption. That Brady has already exceeded the $5.34m lifetime exclusion. If he has a good CPA, I’d be surprised if that’s the case.

  31. Did anybody ASK Butler if he even wants the truck?

    I don’t want a free truck. Especially not if it comes with a $13k tax bill.

    Ugly truck anyway. Donate the thing to a charity for the tax break.

  32. Er, Brady isn’t being classy. Even the blogger pointed out that he didn’t need the truck. Why make it more complicated and just do this like it’s going down. Chevy gifts it to Butler, he gives up a percentage of a game check to pay the tax. Chevy gets great pub. What was Brady going to do, keep it and turn it into a law decoration?

  33. Roads, hospitals, schools, cops, firefighters, social security, libraries, soldiers, national defense, etc. AREN’T FREE.

    natelan says:
    That’s why taxes exist.

    And since the GOP refuses to allow a sensible tax rate on high earners, the IRS has had to get creative to increase tax revenues.

    Someone who can afford to give an expensive gift to someone else (as in Brady to Butler) can also probably afford to pay a tax on it.

    And someone who just received an expensive gift (Butler) and probably afford to pay the tax on that gift.

    If you don’t like it, then tell me what you want to cut first from the list in my first paragraph.
    ———————

    Who the hell are you to presume to decide who can and can’t afford anything. It isn’t your money.

    Out laws should be fair to everyone as we are all Americans, or at least supposed to be.

    Creating laws that punish some over others? That’s discrimination of the worst kind, because if government sanctioned and institutionalized.

    Our government should treat each citizen exactly the same. The idea that government has a power to treat us differently is at the root of the governmental problems we see today.

  34. chawk12thman- classy. Congrats to your team, too, a well-played game…best SB of all time.

  35. “Check the air in the tires……”

    Why, is it going through Indianapolis on the way to Boston ?

  36. The previous PFT write up on the idea of Brady giving the car to Butler quoted Forbes, aka “The Capitalist Tool” (their words, not mine). It emphasized the worst case tax treatment and not the gesture by Brady. I took exception to the propaganda and noted in a post in that thread that the simple answer and likely course of action would be for GM to award the car directly to Butler and leave Brady out of the chain of title. I also pointed out that the Forbes family was very good at tax avoidance. If I knew the simple way to avoid the tax then certainly the editors at Forbes knew it as well but why let facts get in the way of your narrative. In short, the same type of bias that went into the deflate gate reporting.

  37. tedmurph says:
    Feb 6, 2015 6:49 PM
    Taxes are at their lowest point in 30 years, Obama haters/limbaugh lovers.

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

    New England Patriot fans: Posting on a sports blog, “look at me, I’m a liberal!” since 2001.

  38. Roads, hospitals, schools, cops, firefighters, social security, libraries, soldiers, national defense, etc. AREN’T FREE.

    If you don’t like it, then tell me what you want to cut first from the list in my first paragraph.

    ++++++++++++++

    How about we start with the ETC. Nobody wants to cut spending for cops, roads, libraries, defense and other essentials.

    It’s the ETC. as you put it, where there’s tons of waste that should be cut before they scheme to take another penny in taxes.

  39. But meanwhile low lives in Florida rip off the govt for millions every year with their turbo taxing fraud and no one seems to care.

  40. Since Tom Brady is married, that truck would be property owned by both him and Giselle. She would get to use her annual gift tax exemption too. His exemption would be $28,000, not $14,000 if I’m not mistaken.

  41. jimmysee says: Feb 6, 2015 6:28 PM

    TheWizard says:
    Feb 6, 2015 5:55 PM

    A good reminder that for the government to give someone a dollar, they must first take that dollar from someone else.

    ———————————————————

    Actually, it’s a good reminder that those dollars go to build roads, sewers, and beverages, and pay cops and fire fighters.

    _____________________________
    You left out lazy DMV workers, full pensions for life for union members that worked 10 years doing nothing for a federal agency, lazy welfare collectors, the 45 security guards at government building whose job is to call 911 and not get involved if they see a crime in progress, useless social programs, etc and so forth.

  42. It’s sad… Brady did a nice gesture and you guys are just trashing him. He could have kept the truck and give it to, say his family or friends. Butler did say that he will love to have the truck and now he’ll have it. As for the gov’t. , the rich, and taxes. If we don’t have rich people who will pay most of the tax? The gov’t will tax us till we have the so-called even playing field. Till we are all poor.

  43. I was hoping Brady would do it right on the stage after the game when he was being interviewed, but glad it got done.
    Butler saved both the touchdown on the Kearse deflection and with his interception.

  44. …full pensions for life for union members that worked 10 years doing nothing for a federal agency…
    ==

    You are either misinformed on how the Federal Employee Retirement System works, or you consider 10% of high-3 to be a “full pension”, because that’s all a fed who had ten years of creditable service would get in pension. CSRS is a bit more generous (17.5% of high-3 after ten years), but there aren’t that many of those guys around any more. Those that are typically have 25 or thirty years in at this point.

  45. I’m surprised he gave it away. I figured Tom and Giselle would want to finally replace that Geo Metro with 210,000 miles that they’ve been driving.

  46. Great job by Chevy and Tom for making this happen. The young man is a football hero, and that play will be talked about for years to come! The taxes and stuff will get sorted out, it is, what it is. The new Colorado is a pickup I’m thinking about for myself as an everyday run around unit, when I don’t need to tow a goose neck or my boat etc. Curious if that new 2.9 Duramax Chevy offers in the Colorado is great for it as the 6.6 is great for the HD’s.. We shall see

  47. TheWizard says:
    Feb 6, 2015 8:14 PM
    And since the GOP refuses to allow a sensible tax rate on high earners

    They already pay a higher rate than everyone else.

    I suppose we all have our own definition of “fair”.

    I think Malcom Butler and Tom Brady and Mike Florio should be taxed at the same percentage that you and I are.
    ———————–
    A “higher rate”?

    Tell that to Warren Buffet, one of the richest men on the planet, who says that he pays a MUCH LOWER RATE THAN HIS SECRETARY…

  48. atthemurph says:
    Feb 6, 2015 8:39 PM
    Roads, hospitals, schools, cops, firefighters, social security, libraries, soldiers, national defense, etc. AREN’T FREE.

    natelan says:
    That’s why taxes exist.

    And since the GOP refuses to allow a sensible tax rate on high earners, the IRS has had to get creative to increase tax revenues.

    Someone who can afford to give an expensive gift to someone else (as in Brady to Butler) can also probably afford to pay a tax on it.

    And someone who just received an expensive gift (Butler) and probably afford to pay the tax on that gift.

    If you don’t like it, then tell me what you want to cut first from the list in my first paragraph.
    ———————

    Who the hell are you to presume to decide who can and can’t afford anything. It isn’t your money.

    Out laws should be fair to everyone as we are all Americans, or at least supposed to be.

    Creating laws that punish some over others? That’s discrimination of the worst kind, because if government sanctioned and institutionalized.

    Our government should treat each citizen exactly the same. The idea that government has a power to treat us differently is at the root of the governmental problems we see today.
    ————————-
    Wow, touch a nerve?

    Anyway, I agree with your rose-tinted fantasy that we should all pay the same rate of taxes… Problem is that conservatives and the rich dodge taxes using gimmicks that regular people don’t have access to.

    So the IRS gets creative to find the money elsewhere, where it’s harder to hide, like gifts.

    But yeah, the idea that rich people pay even remotely CLOSE to the same level that you or I do is a joke. Ask Romney, or Buffet… They’re on record… The percentage they ADMIT IN PUBLIC to paying is somewhere around 15%… You and I are probably paying 30-40%.

    Furthermore, imagine how much people like Romney are hiding. I bet that 15% is probably closer to 5-7%.

  49. randomcommenter says:
    Feb 6, 2015 10:09 PM
    Roads, hospitals, schools, cops, firefighters, social security, libraries, soldiers, national defense, etc. AREN’T FREE.

    If you don’t like it, then tell me what you want to cut first from the list in my first paragraph.

    ++++++++++++++

    How about we start with the ETC. Nobody wants to cut spending for cops, roads, libraries, defense and other essentials.

    It’s the ETC. as you put it, where there’s tons of waste that should be cut before they scheme to take another penny in taxes.
    —————————
    I completely agree with you, but we keep voting-in the morons that bloat our budget.

    Congress has something like a 7% approval rating, but something like 93% get re-elected every year.

    That’s an indictment on “we the people”, if you ask me.

    Nothing will change until red state, food stamp queens in their welfare-funded mobile homes wake-up, get educated and start voting economics instead of religion.

  50. TheWizard says:
    Feb 6, 2015 8:07 PM
    We have plenty of money to fund infrastructure and defense.

    I notice none of you mention bloated government pensions. They need Malcom Butler’s prize money for that, not paving your street.
    —————————-
    Then why is our entire road and bridge network falling apart…?

    To be honest, we spend a couple hundred billion dollars too much on war each year. If we could find a way to end the unlimited Bush wars, which if we’re honest, started out as a way to shovel our tax dollars into defense contractors’ pockets, we’d probably be able to balance the budget and become solvent.

    Problem now, though, is that Bush got us in too deep. If Obama just yanked all the soldiers out now, there would probably be greater bloodshed than there already is.

    However, the Sunni’s and Shiite’s seem awfully committed to having a civil war between themselves. I personally think we should pull out, pay off our debts with the money we save, get us back to Clinton-era surpluses and let the Middle East pick a winner. No more American blood.

    But since the defense contractors are raking in trillions of dollars on our endless quagmire, and since those same defense contractors own the entire GOP, that will never happen.

  51. mburkett1980 says: Feb 6, 2015 6:12 PM

    aaaaand what if Butler doesn’t want to pay $13,500 for a red Chevy pick-up truck? I know I sure wouldn’t.
    —————————————————–
    35,000 dollar truck for 13,500. I’d pay it in a heart beat, should’t be to hard to flip it quick for 20k or take a min and get 25 – 28k

  52. Anyone else find it strange … how Belichick and Malcolm Butler an undrafted division 2 free agent working at popeye chickens before the start of the season knew the Seahawks were throwing a slant in at the 1/2 goal line.

  53. So Tom refused the car because he didn’t want to pay the taxes on it. This guy and his wife step over the 13,000$ needed for the “gift tax”. Now Malcolm Butler is getting a car but also has to pay the taxes. Are we sure he even wants this crap truck?

  54. smasonsmith says: Feb 7, 2015 12:47 AM

    …full pensions for life for union members that worked 10 years doing nothing for a federal agency…
    ==

    You are either misinformed on how the Federal Employee Retirement System works, or you consider 10% of high-3 to be a “full pension”, because that’s all a fed who had ten years of creditable service would get in pension. CSRS is a bit more generous (17.5% of high-3 after ten years), but there aren’t that many of those guys around any more. Those that are typically have 25 or thirty years in at this point.

    ————————————————————-

    Not misinformed really — just another gullible Fox News or Rush/Hannity listener.

  55. …..I’m sure the New England organization will make sure Butler gets the 13k to cover the cost of the Tax bill. Hell, EVERY NE player & coach & even the owner should chip in. He won the Suoer Bowl for them.

  56. natelan says:

    But yeah, the idea that rich people pay even remotely CLOSE to the same level that you or I do is a joke. Ask Romney, or Buffet… They’re on record… The percentage they ADMIT IN PUBLIC to paying is somewhere around 15%… You and I are probably paying 30-40%.

    Furthermore, imagine how much people like Romney are hiding. I bet that 15% is probably closer to 5-7%.
    =================================
    It’s not all GOP members that are the rich. John Kerry was at least top 5 richest in the Senate, which is why ‘bama got him out of there.
    He certainly didn’t make him Sec of State because of his qualifications. btw – he was the senator from my state.

  57. Love the comments on here. It’s amazing to me when opposing fans (I’m one) can’t be happy about a classy move by all involved.

    Good move by Tom Brady! Great move by Chevy…and congratulations to Malcolm Butler. Well played by all……

  58. raideralex99 says:
    Feb 7, 2015 4:37 AM
    Anyone else find it strange … how Belichick and Malcolm Butler an undrafted division 2 free agent working at popeye chickens before the start of the season knew the Seahawks were throwing a slant in at the 1/2 goal line.
    ==================================
    nope.
    Hint: Brandon Browner

  59. Gotta pay for all the welfare, food stamps, govt housing, health care, smart phones, and free education that all the low-life, lazy, pill popping bums enjoy.

  60. Brady should have told Chevy to give it to Bevell. He’s the real hero for the Patriots.

  61. jimmysee says: Feb 6, 2015 6:29 PM

    Actually, it’s a good reminder that those dollars go to build roads, sewers, and bridges, and pay cops and fire fighters.

    ——————————————–
    Yes. And let’s not forget those dollars also pay for bombs, drones, domestic spying programs, military personnel stationed in 150 countries around the world and, most of all, interest payments on an $18 trillion national debt…

  62. “Anyone else bothered that you cannot give something away with out the Government stealing a cut?”

    You do understand that GM took a tax deduction for what the car cost them to make and the costs associated with the marketing and PR connected to the give away?

    The tax is on the FMV of the car and, no, it doesn’t bother me. It is systematic and rational tax that helps support what Americans like to call the greatest country on earth. It does bother me that someone is either dogmatic or ill-informed enough to call an income tax stealing.

    As for the shot at Massachusetts in another post, we as a state provide much more tax revenues to the federal government than we get back in government funding, unlike most Red States. Again, you might want to pay attention to the facts and not the fiction.

  63. Tigerlilac, site your source. I work for the Navy (civilian) and multi-Billions of dollars go to the New England area for either ship/subs or contracts associated with the government. Follow the tax dollars… Government has tried many times to to close useless bases in NE area (see BRACS) only to have politics keep the money train in place.

  64. Since Butler is black he’d better be careful and have tons of proof such as photos of him and Brady together and notarized documents for when the cops pull him over to accuse him of stealing the MVP truck from the white QB.

  65. packmanfan says:
    Feb 7, 2015 2:08 PM
    Since Butler is black he’d better be careful and have tons of proof such as photos of him and Brady together and notarized documents for when the cops pull him over to accuse him of stealing the MVP truck from the white QB.
    ———————-
    No reason to investigate anymore, they clearly have a license to shoot and kill blacks with absolute impunity now.

  66. Government has tried many times to to close useless bases in NE area (see BRACS) only to have politics keep the money train in place.

    ================================

    Fort Devons, Pease AFB, Westover AFB is about 1/10th of what it was, Weymouth Naval Air Station, to name a few.

  67. Cut spendin’ on edumication! I got four trucks in muh front yard and never went to no college! How many of you got that? I don’t care bout no new plastics, gimme cold hard steel. Electric cars? HA! Gasoline works just fine! Universal health care? HA! Let ’em get what they get! My dollar is my dollar and I’m usin’ it as I please! It’s your own fault you’re poor! Lastly, nuke ’em. ‘Murica.

  68. The Pats run out on to the field as a team and split up Super bowl MVP prizes as a team! If only we could bottle and sell class Mr. Kraft would be even richer

    Go Pats!

  69. DUDE MADE A PLAY.

    I said….DUDE MADE A PLAY.

    No circus catch earned the win. No FAIL MARY either.

    DUDE MADE A PLAY.

    The NE 53 and coaching staff > Seattle 53 and coaching staff.

    That Super Bowl was EARNED….the hard way.

  70. It would be very generous of Brady if he just paid the Tax bill for this truck.

    As for some of the other moronic comments in this thread I’ll say this.

    [b]”The average person has an IQ of 100 and the Emotional IQ of that of a 7th Grader.” [/b]

    Keep that in mind the next time you read any On-Line, UN-moderated comment area on any website !!

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