Tom Brady’s latest podcast episode doesn’t touch the Tampa Bay fake vaccination card issue with a 10-foot pole

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When sports figures become content generators, the audience gets only the content that the sports figures choose to generate.

As to Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, the latest one-hour episode of his podcast with Jim Gray completely avoids one of the biggest stories in the NFL from the past week. And it’s a story that directly impacts Brady’s team.

Two key players, receiver Antonio Brown and safety Mike Edwards, received three-game suspensions for misrepresenting their vaccination status. They supplied fake vaccination cards, pretending to be vaccinated while not actually being vaccinated. It’s a huge story, one that impacts the Bucs strategically in the short term and that created an enhanced risk of infection for months before news of the fake vaccination cards came to light.

For Brady to completely ignore the issue during a one-hour show is odd, to say the least. For Gray, who made his bones in part by reducing Pete Rose to a pile of gristle, to not find a way to conjure a single slow-pitch softball on the issue is bizarre. Even if Brady simply reiterated what he said on Sunday about the situation — that he’s focused on his own job and that he’s treating the suspended players as if they’re injured — Brady needed to say something on the matter during his podcast, for the podcast to have even a shred of credibility.

He should be as upset about it as coach Bruce Arians is. Indeed, Brady should be clamoring for the NFL (as Arians is) to fully investigate other teams. Above all else, Brady is uniquely positioned to compare the treatment he received over a trumped-up charge of deflated footballs (four games) to the punishment for deliberately lying about vaccination status and placing legitimately vaccinated players and staff at risk of infection (three games).

Few will be surprised by the fact that Brady steered clear of the issue, but it’s still worth pointing it out. If active players will be avoiding truly independent reporters (who would surely ask about the fake vaccination cards, for example), it’s not a real interview. It’s not a real conversation. It’s the player serving not only as the subject of the interview but also as its producer, avoiding or minimizing topics on which he’d rather not speak and steering the conversation only to the things he feels like talking about.

Obviously, Brady doesn’t feel like talking about fake vaccination cards. If he did, he would have at some point during his latest one-hour episode of Let’s Go!

10 responses to “Tom Brady’s latest podcast episode doesn’t touch the Tampa Bay fake vaccination card issue with a 10-foot pole

  1. Investigate the Bucs. Don’t just tell us a few guys confessed. Investigate the teams that are suspected of having a lot of unvaxxed losers on it.

  2. Has Brady been confirmed as being vaccinated ? or did he cheat again ? does he have a fake vaccination card ?

    The NFL has investigated 100’s of players before but NOT fake vaccine cards ? they been so quiet that they are looking guilty themselves .

  3. Let’s not forget another factor: Brady plays on a team. As he has said many times, football is the ultimate team sport. We’ve seen how players failing to keep things in house hurts the team dynamic. I expect Brady to stay in his lane, which means he’s one player on a team (though a captain and leader), not a coach, not an owner, not part of management. As one player on a team, it’s no his role to criticize teammates in public and to tell the team how it should run its business.

  4. That’s a good point. His team has been put at a competitive disadvantage because it was the only team investigated. However, by calling for every team to be investigated, he’s also asking them to investigate his league peers which may result in other people he knows getting suspended. Brady may have also known that Brown was not actually vaccinated.

  5. He cares about winning Super Bowls. He’s not going to talk about vaccines.

    He has said before on the topic of vaccines that whether people get it or not is a personal choice. And that’s it.

  6. LET’S GO is not an interview, it’s a show that was created for Brady. When it’s your show, it’s your rules.

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