Tom Brady’s new ESPN interview ignores the biggest questions from an eventful offseason

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Aspiring multibillionaire Tom Brady is launching a new golf collection through his BRADY brand on Tuesday. The effort to sell merchandise included an EXCLUSIVE! interview with Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com.

The interview excluded a single meaningful question regarding the intriguing and unpredictable events of the past few months in Brady’s life.

Major questions weren’t asked. If they were asked, they weren’t answered. If they were answered, they weren’t printed.

One of the biggest stories in the NFL continues to be completely ignored by one of the biggest outlets covering the league. Brady retired on February 1 with a plan to become a minority owner of the Dolphins. And an executive. And, eventually, the starting quarterback. The Dolphins wanted to pair him with Sean Payton. The new interview doesn’t mention any of that.

Then there’s the 40-day retirement followed 17 days later by the abrupt resignation of head coach Bruce Arians. Many believe Brady conditioned his return on a change being made. Many believe there was friction between Brady and Arians. That issue isn’t mentioned, in any way.

Finally, Brady’s father has tried to blame Tom Jr.’s decision to retire on ESPN reporting that he planned to retire. Why not ask Tom Jr. to address that directly?

Ultimately, there’s not much in the article. It was a vehicle for plugging his product, nothing more. And ESPN surely went along with it because ESPN has multiple business relationships with Brady, from the Man in the Arena documentary series to ESPN’s first-ever NFT offering, in partnership with Brady’s memorabilia company, Autograph.

While it’s hard to fault VanHaaren for taking advantage of the opportunity to interview Brady, it would be very interesting to know the parameters that Brady’s people put on the conversation — and whether VanHaaren considered passing on the opportunity to talk to Brady if the biggest elephants had to be ignored.

To summarize, Brady has been at the center of the biggest stories of the offseason, he rarely speaks publicly, and when he finally does we get a handful of predictable, sanitized, worthless quotes.

As another member of the media put it, they should have just run an infomercial. Basically, it’s what they did.

26 responses to “Tom Brady’s new ESPN interview ignores the biggest questions from an eventful offseason

  1. Let’s start with the fact ESPN isn’t really known for their journalism prowess. However, when it comes to pushing an agenda that they themselves are heavily invested in these guys are right on top of it

  2. continued brand building orchestrated by the TB 12 team to maximize Q rating…..that will be the business model from here until the true retirement.

  3. “rarely speaks publicly”

    It would be great if this started a trend in the sports world. I really can’t understand why a man keeping his affairs private is such a controversial stance.

  4. About five years ago Brady fully embraced Lebron tactics with regard to self promotion, social media, and narrative crafting. The man hired his own film crew to chronicle his activities, he’s producing a Hollywood movie about him that he will star in, he partnered with Jim Gray to conduct sugary pre-scripted “interviews” that allow Brady to adjust narratives, and his social media efforts come off as a needy athlete who demands the spotlight. The guy that only dated celebrities is grasping for a celebrity status achieved by few and apparently he is determined to let nothing get in his way. “Spend more time with the family” has always been a crock.

  5. Once the ego goes, it goes.

    I can only imagine the stories BB is sitting on and just how far back this goes. The fact he led another dynasty out of the Giselle Era, is a miracle, honestly.

    Thank you BB and thanks JimmyG for being a threat to get Brady back under Center and to hand the ball off more like BB wanted.

    It’s no wonder BB asked Mike Lombardi to do an analysis on the team after the 2012 season. Most of it was done to show Brady his offensive preferences were failing the team.

    Again, Tom Brady doesn’t think he ever does anything wrong.

  6. Doesn’t the NFL prevent owners from being a player? So Brady would have to buy a minority stake in the Dolphins, sit out a year, sell his ownership stake, and then play in 2023 (and Tampa would still have his rights if he unretires)? Doing all this to get out from playing under Arians is where this is going? Doesn’t seem to add up.

  7. Sure here are the parameters – just go ahead and ask me if I was involved in tampering. That will work.

  8. Brady is the most scripted superstar athlete there is…probably the main thing he learned from Bill.

  9. ktoast says:
    April 19, 2022 at 10:06 am
    “rarely speaks publicly”

    It would be great if this started a trend in the sports world. I really can’t understand why a man keeping his affairs private is such a controversial stance.
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    Except Brady is not keeping his affairs private. It is exactly the opposite, he is using the media to promote his products. In addition, Brady is a public figure. His activities relating to the Bucs and Dolphins are relevant in the public arena.

  10. There’s a huge difference between a promotional puff piece and an actual interview. I’m sure Brady just wanted to shill is golf clothes and that’s all. If ESPN said “we’re gonna ask you a bunch of questions about behind-the-scenes football stuff” I’m sure he would’ve just given the interview to a different outlet.

    And who cares. Everyone these days is about their “brand”, so self promotion is constant. I just ignore all that extra nonsense.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go design my personal logo and launch a sports drink company and clothing line and try to get people to buy some worthless NFTs.

  11. I thought the biggest question was whether or not Bucs management refused to let Brady break contract to play elsewhere (49ers)

  12. When he was with NE, he would do his weekly Monday morning radio interviews. He always gave such cliched answers. When Cam was the QB for 2020 and doing those Monday morning interviews, he at least was much more interesting. Not a very good QB, but a very good interview.

  13. Well, I guess if I were in his shoes i would probably do the same thing. At least he is not out to grab as much of the salary cap as he can. Aaron, I’m looking at you.

  14. Shefty will be first to the scene to announce Bradys midseason retirement.

  15. It’s not like any of these questions are really relevant to any of us. It would just be digging dirt on rumor, innuendo, and drama over things that are only hypothetical and past the point of coming to pass.

    No one’s obligated to talk about, or know, things that were considered but not followed through on, or the internal details of employment decisions.

    The online news cycle conditions us to think we should be privy to this and that it matters. That doesn’t make it so.

  16. touchback6 says:
    April 19, 2022 at 10:07 am

    It’s no wonder BB asked Mike Lombardi to do an analysis on the team after the 2012 season. Most of it was done to show Brady his offensive preferences were failing the team.

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    Let’s see… how many Super Bowls did the Partiots win after 2012? I think it was three over seven years. Yep, Brady’s offensive preferences sure were failing the Pats! I mean, how can anyone on any of the 32 teams in the NFL be satisfied with only 3 Lombardis over a 7 year span???

  17. Let’s see… how many Super Bowls did the Partiots win after 2012? I think it was three over seven years. Yep, Brady’s offensive preferences sure were failing the Pats! I mean, how can anyone on any of the 32 teams in the NFL be satisfied with only 3 Lombardis over a 7 year span???


    And absolutely none of them were won because of Brady. 2014 – Butler. 2016 – James White and Kyle Shanahan’s playcalling 2018 – Defense and kicking. 2020 – Defense.

    But we’re supposed to believe this guy is the best. lol

  18. He’s had 3 Hall of Fame careers, 7 rings, still may be the best quarterback in football and the best football player ever, rich, married to a super model. Something tells me he’s made a lot of right decisions in his life and can handle whatever you folks want to say from the peanut gallery.

  19. With all the Tom Brady-related stories posted today, I expect Aaron Rodgers will say or do something in the next day or so to get some headlines.

  20. And absolutely none of them were won because of Brady. 2014 – Butler. 2016 – James White and Kyle Shanahan’s playcalling 2018 – Defense and kicking. 2020 – Defense.
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    SEA – 328 YP 4 TDs 2 INT 101.1 R
    ATL – 466 YP 2 TDs 1 INT 95.2 R
    LAR – 260 YP 0 TD 1 INT 71.4 R
    KCC – 201 YP 3 TD 0 INT 125.8 R

    Yeah – Brady had nothing to do with any of those SB titles. The only one is against the Rams he was nothing great. Truth hurts!

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