Technically, Brady’s cliff jump may violate his contract

Unless the video was technologically enhanced, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady recently jumped off a cliff in Costa Rica.  Setting aside for now whether the national media would be reacting with a shrug if a quarterback perceived as being less committed to his craft were engaging in inherently risky behaviors, the conduct technically may violate Brady’s contract.

Paragraph 3 of the Standard Player Contract provides that the player cannot “engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

No specific unsafe activities are listed in the standard player contract, but there’s some precedent.  In 2007, the Titans successfully kept cornerback Pacman Jones from taking up pro wrestling during his one-year suspension under the personal-conduct policy by flexing their legal muscles in court.  Likewise, Saints quarterback Drew Brees cited his contract during a 2014 marketing campaign for a three-wheeled motorcycle, the Can-Am Spyder.

“We knew the restrictions from the beginning, as did Can-Am,” Brees said at the time.  “Ultimately because I can’t ride it now doesn’t mean I won’t someday.  The first chance I have to ride it on a closed course, you can bet I’ll take advantage.”

If Brees really is prohibited from riding a motorcycle (and if it wasn’t just a marketing ploy), riding a motorcycle presumably is no more unsafe than jumping off a cliff.

Obviously, the Patriots won’t be doing anything about it.  But they’d surely prefer that Brady be a bit more careful with his body during those days of the year when large men in armor aren’t throwing themselves at his legs.

103 responses to “Technically, Brady’s cliff jump may violate his contract

  1. If he suffered a career-ending injury, they would be off the hook for paying any guaranteed money still owed him on the contract. Other than that, I don’t know what they would do to him for violating his contract. I don’t think they’re cutting him.

  2. Technically, I think the guy has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants to do in his life, lawyers be damned.

  3. Like it makes a difference the by GOD PATISES can do no wrong EVER & paid off the Super Bowl. When Brady retires with his woman & won’t be long Bilichick will be gone too & the by GOD patises will suck again just like the 70’s 80’s & early 90’s!!!

  4. I am really glad Tammy didn’t use the tuck during his dive and he is ok. But I bet it was photo shopped cuz you know how the Pats love to CHEAT……right Carlos.

  5. Anything funnier than Seagulls fans trying to get smart and act tough? We know you feel like big boys when dick Sherman runs his mouth at female reporters, or your illiterate running back tries to make a scene. Your a running joke. The gameplan to beat your team has been laid out. Arizona is taking the conference girls.

    Go Pats

  6. 5to46hawkfan says:
    Mar 30, 2015 6:31 PM
    He’ll have plenty of time for these stunts when they suspend him for cheating – **** DEFLATEGATE

    Didn’t need deflated balls to go for 350 yards and 4 TD’s on that seachicken D, especially in the 4th Q.

  7. First, it’s not cliff diving like the article says unless you go head first.

    Second, it wasn’t that high – possibly 35 – 40 feet. We used to do double that regularly (though you had to wear shoes and jorts or the impact would tear the bathing suit off).

    Finally, he knows he’ll have time to heal up during the suspension for deflate gate.

    #B.Bonds
    #L.Armstrong
    #T.Brady

  8. Much to do about nothing… Thought it was pretty cool actually… Glad to see him enjoying life beyond his unbelievable commitment to football….kind of shuts up all the haters for thinking he’s soft!!! LOL!!!
    Way to go Tom!!! 5 more years!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  9. This is between Brady and the Patriots.

    Teams keep trying to throw stuff at the Patriots and cry foul when they can’t beat them on the field.

    They cried when Josh McDaniels returned to the team in 2011 after he was let go by the Rams, when LeGarrette Blount cleared waivers (passed up by every other team) before the Patriots picked him up, and after the AFC CG with the idiotic deflategate sting…

    And that’s on top of the made up rumors and stories assumed to be true but for which there is no evidence (manipulating the injury report, signals in the helmets, bugged locker room, stolen playbooks…)

    At some point they’ll have to admit Belichick is just better and smarter than they are.

  10. Upon further research: from 50 feet he’d probably have been moving around 38 mph (depending on body weight and assuming minimal impact from air resistance), from the video he clearly attains the recommended pencil dive formation before entry into the water, at which point his velocity decreases to 0 within a second. It is recommended that only a professional cliff jumper attempt a jump greater than 65 feet, meaning in the realm of casual thrill seeker 50 feet for a trained athlete (albeit it NFL instead of cliff jumping) using the correct form presents minimal cause for concern. LAWYERED.

  11. @droolingfool

    ” Tammy ” Brady’s stats the last time the Patriots played the Steelers (Nov 3, 2013) :

    23 – 33 432 yds 4 TDs

    The Patriots set an all time record by putting up the famed “double nickel ” (55 pts) on the hapless Steelers.
    .

  12. A Miami Dolphins fan trash-talking the Patriots…Hiiii-larious!!

    Brady couldn’t be less concerned…

  13. He and Montana are the 2 greatest to ever play the game and he certainly proved that when he made the legion of doom look like the legion of frauds. He can do whatever he wants

  14. “Obviously, the Patriots won’t be doing anything about it. But they’d surely prefer that Brady be a bit more careful with his body during those days of the year when large men in armor aren’t throwing themselves at his legs.”

    When large men in armor aren’t throwing themselves at his legs………. Hmmmmm…… When you have the Seattle Seahawks throwing it at the half yard line in the Super Bowl, it doesn’t really matter if Brady is taking risks or not.

  15. I fail to see what he did is anymore dangerous than all the BBQ Vince Wolfork had inhaled over his time in New Engkand..

  16. What does your QB do? How about what do you do? Other than play with your little Tom Brady dolls.

  17. Ahhhh. Let him have his fun.

    He gets chased around by 290 lbs monsters who
    run the 40 in 4.6 seconds looking to rip his
    head off.

    He is obviously an adrenaline junkie.

    Live Life Man.

  18. iamkillerfin says:
    Mar 30, 2015 6:32 PM

    Like it makes a difference the by GOD PATISES can do no wrong EVER & paid off the Super Bowl. When Brady retires with his woman & won’t be long Bilichick will be gone too & the by GOD patises will suck again just like the 70’s 80’s & early 90’s!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Well… aren’t YOU just a muffin basket full of butterflies!

  19. They should cut him immediately! These athletes have to respect the terms of their contract.

    Says no NFL owner who has ever dumped a player with a contract AND all QB desperate teams.

  20. & won’t be long Bilichick will be gone too & the by GOD patises will suck again just like the 70’s 80’s & early 90’s!!!

    and you’ll still be bald

  21. OK have to admit, this is a good one!
    ______________________________
    magnumpimustache says:
    Mar 30, 2015 6:44 PM

    Our QB wins super bowls weds the most beautiful woman in the world and jumps off cliffs.

    Like a BOSS.

    what does your QB do?

  22. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 30, 2015 7:24 PM

    Rules don’t apply to Brady and the Patriots.
    ———————————————

    You mean rules don’t apply to happy manning, right? Now claims serious injury for the last few games of the season, but the denver golden boy was never listed on the injury report. Met with his OC in the off-season against the rules, and it was swept under the rug. Only a troll like you would post it’s against the rules for Brady to jump into pond on va-cay with his family. New England won the SB last month, Champions of the World, and you’ll just have to live with it.

  23. I’m certainly not a Pats fan, but come on now……

    Just the other day, PFT was going on and on about Brady and Jordan being on the same 3 on 3 basketball team.

    In basketball, one can easily pull a hammy, sprain an ankle, etc…..which would also make it a “violation” of the same paragraph of the “standard” contract.

    You cannot try to make an example of one activity while ignoring another which while has different risks, could still result in injury!

  24. iamkillerfin says:
    Mar 30, 2015 6:32 PM
    Like it makes a difference the by GOD PATISES can do no wrong EVER & paid off the Super Bowl. When Brady retires with his woman & won’t be long Bilichick will be gone too & the by GOD patises will suck again just like the 70’s 80’s & early 90’s!!!

    I’m guessing your to young to remember the mid 70’s to mid 80’s. The Pats were a force to be reckoned with and if not for a bogus call against the Raiders in the Playoffs in 76 they would have won the SB that year easy having crushed the Steelers in the regular season. Pats would have won more after that. The tuck rule was Karma as the Raiders needed one taken away from them and the rest is history

  25. After a day of cliff jumping and pick up basketball with Michael Jordan Brady heads back to the resort for his new favorite game , crank calling Richard Sherman :ring ring ring : RS ” hello” : TB ” YOU MAD BRO? Bwwwaaaahaaaa” RS ” daammm” ( while making that stank face).

  26. I AM THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK IN THE GAME. WHEN YOU TRY ME WITH A SORRY CORNERBACK LIKE SHERMAN THAT’S THE RESULT YOU GONNA GET. DON’T YOU EVER TALK ABOUT ME! SHERMAN! DON’T YOU EVER OPEN YOUR MOUTH ABOUT THE BEST! OR IMMA SHUT IT FOR YOU REAL QUICK.
    —————— Tom Brady, 4 time Super Bowl champion, 3 time Super Bowl MVP, 2 time league MVP, holder of multiple passing records and the greatest quarterback to every step on a football field

    🙂

  27. 28-24.

    You still mad Patriots haters? Share your pain. Post something angry for us! 🙂

  28. Yes, technically, the Patriots could void Brady’s contract. If he got hurt, the team probably would be able to get out of the guarantees in the contract. Obviously, Brady doesn’t have to worry about where his next $million is coming from or that the Patriots would void his very team friendly deal.

  29. igotgamenj says: Mar 30, 2015 7:11 PM

    Can’t wait till Ndamukong Suh buries Tom Brady this year
    #early retirement
    ———————————-
    Last 2 times Brady has faced Suh:

    45-24
    34-9

    I don’t think the 4 time and reigning Super Bowl champion, 3 time Super Bowl MVP and 2 time league MVP is that concerned about facing Suh again. 🙂

  30. It was a pretty stupid thing for him to do. Don’t be so sure, Suh will bury Brady next season, maybe sooner rather than later if he jumps from another cliff. Way to go Tommy, very stupid.

  31. “Our QB wins super bowls weds the most beautiful woman in the world and jumps off cliffs.

    Like a BOSS.

    what does your QB do?”

    He doesn’t win under the specter of cheating.

  32. scw1993 says:
    Mar 30, 2015 8:20 PM
    FoozieGrooler says: Mar 30, 2015 7:24 PM

    Rules don’t apply to Brady and the Patriots.
    ———————————————

    You mean rules don’t apply to happy manning, right? Now claims serious injury for the last few games of the season, but the denver golden boy was never listed on the injury report. Met with his OC in the off-season against the rules, and it was swept under the rug. Only a troll like you would post it’s against the rules for Brady to jump into pond on va-cay with his family. New England won the SB last month, Champions of the World, and you’ll just have to live with it.

    Actually, he was commenting on the subject matter at hand
    The troll in this case would be you, but it’s your style. Uber Troll, infatuated with Manning and the Broncos.

  33. What is this guys problem? Mid-life crisis? Cliff jumping, bball with Jordan…………What next? Slam dancing with the goths in a mosh pit? Grow up Tom!

  34. 28-24.

    I know Patriot Hater is still seething at the way that game ended. Now feel that anger. Let that rage come right out. Let it consume you. Let it BURN.

    🙂

  35. 5to46hawkfan says:
    Mar 30, 2015 6:31 PM

    He’ll have plenty of time for these stunts when they suspend him for cheating – **** DEFLATEGATE
    ==================================

    Hey hawks fan – are you one of those #12?
    28-24. Waaaaaahhhhhhhhh

  36. Seahawk fans? Lets see now, which team leads the league in PED suspensions since 2011? That would be the afore mentioned Seahawks. Can’t wait to find out how many were juiced to the gills during the Super Bowl…
    NOT THAT IT MATTERED!! 28-24!!

  37. THERE IS ONLY ONE 12. AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE WANNABE IN SEATTLE.

    THE REAL 12 IS THE NUMBER WORN ON THE JERSEY OF THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK THAT EVER STEPPED ON A FOOTBALL FIELD.

  38. iamkillerfin says:
    Mar 30, 2015 6:32 PM
    Like it makes a difference the by GOD PATISES can do no wrong EVER & paid off the Super Bowl. When Brady retires with his woman & won’t be long Bilichick will be gone too & the by GOD patises will suck again just like the 70’s 80’s & early 90’s!!!

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

    Look a little closer at what you just said. They sucked, with some exceptions, through several decades….until the early 90’s. What happened in the early 90’s? Certainly not Tom Brady. Tom was just 14-15 years old then. No, what happened was that Robert Kraft assumed control of the team, and he has built an empire with his son’s, who will carry on his legacy. You are right to recognize the impact of Tom Brady, but you miss the real engine driving this train.

  39. @droolingfool

    ” Tammy ” Brady’s stats the last time the Patriots played the Steelers (Nov 3, 2013) :

    23 – 33 432 yds 4 TDs

    The Patriots set an all time record by putting up the famed “double nickel ” (55 pts) on the hapless Steelers.
    —————–

    Ouch…………..

  40. #CLIFFGATE

    And we all thought Manziel would be the first to jump.

    There’s a New England Patriot involved, and he appeared to be having fun — how long till an official NFL investigation???

  41. raiderinva says:
    Mar 30, 2015 7:19 PM
    Was I the only one rooting for the rock?

    Too funny. I love this site because every thirty or forty comments is a laugh-out-loud moment.
    This was the one for me on this story (although Brady falling faster due to the four rings was also pretty good).

  42. thelinestartsheretokissmyass says: Mar 30, 2015 9:32 PM

    scw1993 says:
    Mar 30, 2015 8:20 PM
    FoozieGrooler says: Mar 30, 2015 7:24 PM

    Rules don’t apply to Brady and the Patriots.
    ———————————————

    You mean rules don’t apply to happy manning, right? Now claims serious injury for the last few games of the season, but the denver golden boy was never listed on the injury report. Met with his OC in the off-season against the rules, and it was swept under the rug. Only a troll like you would post it’s against the rules for Brady to jump into pond on va-cay with his family. New England won the SB last month, Champions of the World, and you’ll just have to live with it.

    Actually, he was commenting on the subject matter at hand
    The troll in this case would be you, but it’s your style. Uber Troll, infatuated with Manning and the Broncos.
    ————————————-

    You mean YOU were talking about “rules,” einstein. Not too difficult to post under several names.

  43. My quarterback didn’t have a running game, a receiving core that the rest of the league laughed at and he had to run for his life with a less than average offensive line supposedly providing him protection. Such the life of a rookie quarterback on the Raiders. On a positive note he did throw for over 3000 yards with that pathetic supporting cast…

  44. 5to46hawkfan ” dirty Boston “?you must be new to America. Boston is where this country was impregnated. If you hate Boston than you hate America. Show some respect you clown. You must be one of the dopes that spent 40 bucks on your ” you mad bro” tee shirt that you can’t wear anymore. 28-24

  45. I can’t blame him for jumping. I mean, how lucky that was, having a SB literally handed to him. I’d be jumping off stuff too thinking I was the luckiest guy in the NFL. I’d be playin the lottery like it was going out of style, with that kind of luck.

  46. Any effort made to contact Brady’s agent, the Patriots or even Brady to see if he got clearance to do extracurricular activities ? When putting out an article that could potentially have a negative impact on a person’s job and family, one should try and tell the entire story, don’t ya think?

  47. Jw619… Carr is gonna be a great QB – very impressive last year… With a supporting cast, he can do some awesome things… Can’t wait to see him play to his potential..

  48. lolatpatshaters says: Mar 30, 2015 9:51 PM

    THE REAL 12 IS THE NUMBER WORN ON THE JERSEY OF THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK THAT EVER STEPPED ON A FOOTBALL FIELD.
    ============================

    I’m curious. Are you talking about Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath, Roger Staubach, Jim Kelly or (shudder) Aaron Rodgers??

  49. denverwally says:
    Mar 30, 2015 9:51 PM
    Seahawk fans? Lets see now, which team leads the league in PED suspensions since 2011? That would be the afore mentioned Seahawks. Can’t wait to find out how many were juiced to the gills during the Super Bowl…
    NOT THAT IT MATTERED!! 28-24!!
    *******************
    Actually Denver has had more recent suspensions than the Seahawks, and you need to go back to 2010 for the Hawks to truly have led the league in suspensions.
    Last year the Patriots gave a contract to a former Seahawk player that was suspended. Brandon Browner.
    Seattle cleaned house, while Denver keeps having issues.
    The PEDs are really stupid to bring up and try to point fingers at the Seahawks. Seahawks have been PED free for years now.

  50. flash1287 says:
    Mar 30, 2015 6:45 PM
    5to46hawkfan says:
    Mar 30, 2015 6:31 PM
    He’ll have plenty of time for these stunts when they suspend him for cheating – **** DEFLATEGATE

    Didn’t need deflated balls to go for 350 yards and 4 TD’s on that seachicken D, especially in the 4th Q.
    ________

    Then why did they do it?

  51. Patriots haters really are SO ANGRY these days! 🙂

    Cheer up. Life is too short to be bitter. Even though it’s true that your sorry team doesn’t deserve to be on the same field as the World Champions at least you have the honor and privilege of witnessing once in a lifetime greatness that is the World Champion Patriots. WOW! You are soo lucky 🙂

  52. 5to46hawkfan “broke Patriot”? The only thing broke is your heart after watching Brady shred your big mouthed obnoxious team. And the only thing “burning” should be your ” you mad bro?” Tee shirt it has lost all relevance. BTW all the money in the world can’t bye that feeling I got to share with my 2 sons when Butler picked off Wilson… Pure bliss !

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