Tom Brady gets in a workout, in Monaco

AP

Tom Brady can’t plead the fifth regarding his offseason whereabouts. He’s in Europe, hanging out at the Monaco Grand Prix.

And he’s getting in a workout. Sort of.

Red Bull Racing has posted a video of Brady throwing a football from a mega-yacht to Daniel Ricciardo, who is standing on a small boat roughly the size of The Flying Wasp.

Yes, voluntary workouts are voluntary. But they’re not really voluntary, and Brady knows it. For him to being living it up (and given the heavy ad presence on the video, raking it in) when his football team is trying to get the most out of precious few OTAs in advance of precious few training-camp practices, chances are that coach Bill Belichick will be even more miffed when he sees this.

Chances are that’s exactly the reaction Brady is hoping to provoke.

So while those who like to downplay situations like this while continue to say, “It’s no big deal,” the reality is that 31 starting quarterbacks currently are all in. And one is all out. And he happens to also be the greatest quarterback of all time.

63 responses to “Tom Brady gets in a workout, in Monaco

  1. Have Fun GOAT!! You Deserve it!!

    Thanks for all the good times for almost 2 decades!!

  2. I don’t love it obviously, but the man has earned the right to leeway more than any other player in the history of the League, so I’ll allow it.

  3. “And he happens to also be the greatest quarterback of all time.”

    Which is why he is on a super yacht in Monaco. Legacy cemented. It’s weird that people out there think he needs to still prove himself as a QB.

  4. Four Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs were flagged for pass interference
    and two defensive linemen were flagged for defensive holding… even though…
    they were not in Monaco at the time of the flags.

  5. Tom’s going to screw up his legacy, even among diehard fans, if he continues with this kind of passive aggressive behavior. If I’m Belichick I’ve already had enough and am preparing the season with Hoyer as starter and TB as backup, and second backup at that if Brady doesn’t quit acting like a diva. One thing’s for sure… it may be a really interesting season watching the Pats this go around.

  6. not a Pats fan..I’m a Bills fan…but whats the problem with Brady doing what he wants ..HE’S proven it Works..The Guys has been the BEST for 2 decades..if he wants to play hop-scotch will it mater when he’s throwing for 4500 yrs and 35 td’s !!

  7. Wasn’t it just yesterday when you wrote that all starting QBs should stay away from OTAs?

    Also, who says Belichick will be miffed and Brady is hoping to provoke that emotion? Those statements assume that the two have not communicated and that they are at odds. We will never know if they talked and whether or not they have an understanding, because they’re not going to blab about it.

    It’s one thing for writers to go wild speculating about what might be going on, but what’s really a shame is when readers and especially Patriots fans just accept the speculation as reality. Guys, why do you conclude that this is passive/aggressive behavior by Brady? Because you accept the media narrative as truth. Don’t come to a conclusion until you have actual solid evidence and you’ll be a lot happier.

    We’ll see what happens when real live training begins and more so when the season begins. Until then, I take all off-season stuff with several grains of salt.

  8. We saw what happened in Seattle when key players lost faith in coaching staff after a tough SB loss. The Butler decision may well haunt Belichick this season.

  9. nfloracle says:
    May 27, 2018 at 10:07 am
    Tom’s going to screw up his legacy, even among diehard fans…
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    Tom Brady’s legacy as the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time among all knowledgeable NFL fans and media, Pats fans or not, is secure even while he is in Monaco during OTAs.

  10. Ok, so I despise the Pats, and am not a fan of Brady, but c’mon here. the man is the greatest qb in the history of the game, and if he’d don’t wanna go to OTA’s so what. Be mad at Belichick people, he’s repeatedly dismantled this team year after year because he don’t wanna pay anyone, and then he rides Brady’s jock through every season like “man I hope he can win with this team of nobodies”. PEople can say Bill still wins Super Bowls, but no he don’t, his team does. I don’t blame anyone in the history of his tenure at coach for having issues with him. 100% guaranteed Brady could win a Super Bowl with any team in the league, so I think he will be ok.

  11. Oh for God’s sake he’s almost 41 years old he’s not going to be able to do everything in the off-season pretty sure Belichick knows that. Brady and Belichick have always disagreed with one another even during the good times. See Bill getting rid of Lawyer Milloy or letting Wes Welker go to the Broncos.

  12. nfloracle says:
    May 27, 2018 at 10:07 am
    Tom’s going to screw up his legacy, even among diehard fans…
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    Tom Brady’s legacy as the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time among all knowledgeable NFL fans and media, Pats fans or not, is secure even while he is in Monaco during OTAs.
    ========================
    Yes, I agree about his remarkable accomplishments, and I’m a Pats/Brady fan myself. But for me Brady’s legacy has always involved his total commitment to team. Skipping OTAs, for me at least, diminishes his legacy because it goes against so much of what he’s done and how he’s done it in the past.

  13. More BS….
    The MEDIA seems to be OBSESSED with trying to create drama & dissention amongst the Patriots Organization….
    Brady has been in the system for 18 years…. he knows his body, has been working out & is spending some quality time with his family until the drain & demands of the upcoming season require his full participation & commitment to the team & season……
    This IS a total non story that deserves no support….
    Go Pats!!!!

  14. Cheez Florio, a little consistency would be nice. Just yesterday you said QB’s should stay away fro OTA’s.

    wafflestomp says:
    May 27, 2018 at 10:10 am
    He probably just took your advice and is protesting the new anthem rule.
    It sure sounds like he’s being community minded.

    Love that

  15. the boston media has thrived for about a century predicting gloom and doom every year for the local teams, and especially the patriots. theyre usually right because you cant win a title every single season. its not possible. the patriots are usually deep in the mix every year giving guys like curran no real fodder. why do you think ron borges was so quick to be duped? theyre thirsty for any angle to take the pats down with, no matter how slight it is in actuality. hatred from other fans is to be expected, i just find it funny that boston media is willing to try and play their part in dismantling us from the inside.

  16. ……..and after all this microstudy and yapping over what every little movement might mean the guy will be in camp and working hard alongside Belichick and after that will work with smoothly and professionally with Belichick and the staff as he leads the team on another championship run that at the minimum will be deep in the playoffs. Yall can pick at little things all you want but the bottom line stays the same.

  17. “… chances are that coach Bill Belichick will be even more miffed when he sees this.
    Chances are that’s exactly the reaction Brady is hoping to provoke.”

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    That’s the assertion I have an issue with, Florio. It’s just an opinion without anything solid to back it up. In and of itself, that’s fine… but realize it’s going to be repeated, re-tweeted, commented on, etc., etc., etc. to the point where people assume it to be fact rather than opinion.

    In actuality, we have no way of knowing that Brady, Belihcick, and Kraft haven’t communicated regarding Tom’s schedule. In fact, it would be foolish to believe they haven’t. Staying away from OTAs is unorthodox for Brady, but then again, so to is playing at an MVP level into your 40s.

    Let’s see what he looks like when he’s back in Foxborough… even if that’s not until July.

  18. I guess Trump fan Tommy couldn’t find any races in the US to watch this weekend. Maybe he hates America.

  19. “nfloracle says: May 27, 2018 at 10:07 am: Tom’s going to screw up his legacy, even among diehard fans…”

    Watching a Formula 1 race, gambling in the Casino de Monte-Carlo, laughing it up with Prince Albert II; add THAT to his legacy.

  20. Who’s the guy who caught the pass? Belichick might sign him to the league minimum.

  21. GOAT is a stretch, 100 percent the top QB in this modern era of the game. But you can not compare a current player to ones that played 25 years ago. The rules are so different now that favor the QB, WR and the passing game.
    WR used to get mugged all over the field, held on every play, tackled before the ball got there etc, QB nowadays have zero fear of being hit, they have headsets in their ears, play mostly on artificial turf and in some stadiums. Not saying TB isn’t the best QB in today’s game, but with all the rule changes and the technology (video taping practices, drone flyover, etc) there is no way anyone that has watched football from the late 70s can say it’s fair to compare the position now vs back then.

  22. I think this would have a larger impact on the team if Brady’s teammates voiced any concern either privately or publicly. The coach/qb/te rift that seems to have occurred pre SB LII, and has continued since then, however, is something to keep an eye on because it could very quickly spread into the rest of the lockerrom, which could be the end for either or all of the aforementioned.

  23. I don’t like it. This is why he is reviled. The girl, the money, the success and now being passive aggressive during OTAs, which is great for haters and bad for diehards.

    There is no way around it, it is a very dickish move.

    He best be the MVP again with such a loaded offense around him yet again, and he best be the MVP of the Super Bowl.

    He is doing it to himself. It is preposterous to think these vacations after the sb, were not enough or the time off in july before preseason kicks in.

    I don’t know why he is being so passive aggrssive and a jerk. They traded JimmyG for him to finish out in NE.

    What a drama queen he has turned into.

    Bring back the pre Giselle Tom!

  24. thesmartest1 says:
    May 27, 2018 at 11:36 am
    What I’d do I if I cheated so much and people called me the greatest of all time

    Jealous crybaby

  25. Otto Graham, BobbyLane, Sid Gilman, Norm VanBroklin, Bob Waterfield, Y A Tittle, Roger Starbuck, Vince Lombardi’s QB in Green Bay who won five championships in a row even Randal Cunninghamwho never won a championship was as much fun to watch as Brady. There are a few I left out who played for KC and Oakland in the 70s and Brees who plays for a not very good Saints team. Brady is great but so were many if not all of these QBs. Saying over and over the new work GOAT happens only in New England.

  26. Why not? I mean NFL players have to work a whole 7-8 months of the year anyway. They should strike for even more time off. Need at least 6 months free like most people.

  27. He’s probaly making more money selling watches, than his salary. And that’s what this is all about.

  28. Tom Brady and the entire NFL organization actively funnel multiple millions of dollars to Trump and the repulblican party.

    Legacy that

  29. So I guess the real question is why didn’t they trade Brady and keep Garapolo? If Brady is unhappy why didn’t he move on? I think Kraft made a big mistake.

  30. goodellisaclown says:
    May 27, 2018 at 11:30 am
    “… chances are that coach Bill Belichick will be even more miffed when he sees this.
    Chances are that’s exactly the reaction Brady is hoping to provoke.”

    _______________

    That’s the assertion I have an issue with, Florio. It’s just an opinion without anything solid to back it up. In and of itself, that’s fine… but realize it’s going to be repeated, re-tweeted, commented on, etc., etc., etc. to the point where people assume it to be fact rather than opinion.

    In actuality, we have no way of knowing that Brady, Belihcick, and Kraft haven’t communicated regarding Tom’s schedule. In fact, it would be foolish to believe they haven’t. Staying away from OTAs is unorthodox for Brady, but then again, so to is playing at an MVP level into your 40s.

    Let’s see what he looks like when he’s back in Foxborough… even if that’s not until July.

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    that, i agree with….i am sure kraft/bb knew about him not being there, so technically, it doesn’t matter where brady vacations.

    But, make no mistake, at this point, brady has to know the media will use this to troll, which is the disappointing part as a fan

  31. goodellisaclown says:
    May 27, 2018 at 11:30 am
    “… chances are that coach Bill Belichick will be even more miffed when he sees this.
    Chances are that’s exactly the reaction Brady is hoping to provoke.”

    _______________

    That’s the assertion I have an issue with, Florio. It’s just an opinion without anything solid to back it up. In and of itself, that’s fine… but realize it’s going to be repeated, re-tweeted, commented on, etc., etc., etc. to the point where people assume it to be fact rather than opinion.

    In actuality, we have no way of knowing that Brady, Belihcick, and Kraft haven’t communicated regarding Tom’s schedule. In fact, it would be foolish to believe they haven’t. Staying away from OTAs is unorthodox for Brady, but then again, so to is playing at an MVP level into your 40s.

    Let’s see what he looks like when he’s back in Foxborough… even if that’s not until July.

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    An observation has been that once Florio got into pushing his political agendas on the sports pages he got more into writing efitorials rather than news stories. And as happens with folks writing a lot of editorials they lose track of the difference between facts and opinions and start confusing the two in their statements. Reader bias doesnt help either because as you point out, it leads guys to pick it up as fact.

  32. Tom will be there in August. That is a something that won’t change. This is the beginning of the end for Tom in New England and that won’t change either. How soon? This season could be it. Next year does he play too? … Maybe but I doubt it.

  33. neatpete1 says:
    May 27, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    Anyone got any updates on hiw Hunter Henry is doing

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    Torn ACL, would you like us to bring you some coffee also?

  34. thereyougo2 says:
    May 27, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    Otto Graham, BobbyLane, Sid Gilman, Norm VanBroklin, Bob Waterfield, Y A Tittle, Roger Starbuck, Vince Lombardi’s QB in Green Bay who won five championships in a row…
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    In your list, I believe you meant Norm Van Brocklin and Roger Staubach. Great players in their day, and perhaps even good enough to be worthy of driving the limo that will take Tom Brady, without question the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, from his hotel in Monaco to the airport.

    As an added note, no “Vince Lombardi QB in Green Bay” ever won five NFL or Super Bowl championships in a row. Lombardi was a great coach in his era, and Bart Starr was a great QB in his era, and they won 5 championships together, in the pre-salary cap era, but not in a row. In fact, Lombardi arguably belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of Head Coaches along with Belichick and two others to be debated. But there is no question or legitimate debate that given Belichick’s 8 Super Bowl trips, 5 Super Bowl wins, and 12 AFC Championship trips in 17 seasons, Bill Belichick is the Greatest NFL GM of All-Time, and the Greatest NFL Head Coach of All-Time.

  35. I’m not the biggest Tom Brady fan, but he might be the greatest of all-time, he gives his team huge discounts, and the workouts are voluntary. He should be able to do what he wants right now. If anyone should be able to test the limits of what is voluntary under the CBA, this is the guy.

  36. I just know that there are millions of other guys that would love to be in his shoes. Future H.O.F. player that gets his team time and time again to the SB despite the Patriots economizing and allowing star players to leave and yet he still finds a way to win. I’m no Patriot fan but I respect the heck out of TB and how he’s not the highest paid QB in the NFL is a travesty. Enjoy your deserved vacation!

  37. HUGE Patriots fan here since 1975 and live near Gillette stadium, suffered through the tough times, know people who work for Patriots and play golf with a few players. News I am hearing is not good…The Malcolm Butler decision has pissed off many players, especially Brady. I believe BB is the BEST coach of all time and that he would have moved on from Brady to Jimmy G if Kraft had allowed it. IMO, Patriots will be like Seattle soon-players doubting BB’s decision, as Seattle players were astounded by Pete Carroll’s goal line decision..(personally suffered thru amateur Pete’s experience here(moron)..but hope what I hear s wrong..but I am going to savor hitor and just enjoy whatever happens..happens. My life as a Fan has been good. If I am able to see BB and TB inducted into HOF, all the better..but will not be disappointed at whatever occurs from here on out.

  38. Screw OTA’s – required or not. Have ALL players show up in August and have 4 weeks to get in shape and learn the play books. It worked to make the NFL great in the 50’s & 60’s. FULL TIME preparation makes the players a danger to themselves as well as those they play against.

  39. All this will be forgotten in a few months when Brady is leading the Pats to another championship.

  40. nfloracle says:
    May 27, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Tom’s going to screw up his legacy, even among diehard fans, if he continues with this kind of passive aggressive behavior. If I’m Belichick I’ve already had enough and am preparing the season with Hoyer as starter and TB as backup, and second backup at that if Brady doesn’t quit acting like a diva. One thing’s for sure… it may be a really interesting season watching the Pats this go around.
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    That escalated quickly.

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