Tom Brady accepts the interest in his private life

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Earlier today, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady met with reporters for his mandatory midweek press conference. During a week that featured the publication of pointed quotes from his wife regarding her desire that he stop playing, the assembled reporters tiptoed around the elephant in the room.

He wasn’t asked about Gisele Bundchen’s remarks, based on the quotes that made their way to the transcript circulated by the team. Instead, he was asked whether the media’s interest in his private life goes with the territory.

“I think it’s just part of our life,” Brady said. “We’re in front of the cameras all day, so it’s a natural thing I’ve been dealing with for a long time.”

It’s a fair response. And it’s part of the price of fame. It’s easy to respect Brady for understanding that he can’t have it both ways.

He then was asked whether the interest in his personal life “gets old.”

“I’m not going to really comment on that type of stuff,” Brady said. “I just deal with it the best way I can.”

He’ll keep dealing with periodic questions as long as he keeps playing. He also was asked whether at any point on Sunday night he felt confirmation of his decision to keep playing.

“I’ve always loved playing, so . . . football, it’s a great sport,” Brady said. “I’ve been in it for a long time. I enjoy being out there. Yeah, it’s a great sport.”

Yes it is. And his desire to keep playing it has apparently knocked his life out of balance a little bit. Or a lot.

11 responses to “Tom Brady accepts the interest in his private life

  1. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to me that you should be able to be a public figure when in public, yet have your privacy when not in public. Just because some people are nosey,and/or enjoy digging up or hearing dirt, and there is money to be made by exposing it, does not make it right. Those who think otherwise would change their minds quickly if the shoe was on the other foot.

  2. Good on Tom keeping his personal life personal. It would be tacky and self-serving to air his marital dirty laundry publicly. As Gisele chose to do this week, unfortunately.

  3. “Guy could cure cancer and people would still hate on him.” No one expects him to cure cancer but maybe spend Christmas with his family once in their first 10 years of life. Giselle isn’t wrong about this. Winning, money, rings cannot replace the excitement of their early years. Remember he said he hasn’t been there for those moments, not Giselle.

  4. Brady handled that question about as good as he could have. He and his wife are public figures. He’s more in the public eye than most other players. He gets it.

  5. She didn’t marry Tom Brady because he was just another cute guy she met. She knew what she was getting into, and I think she should respect him for what he is. If you want a husband you can control, you shouldn’t have married Tom Brady.

  6. Imagine being the best at what you do for 20+ years. Then your wife says you have nothing else to prove. Meanwhile, you feel like you’re not even finished yet. That’s tough, man. I hope he wins another SuperBowl & calls it quits for the sake of his personal life..

  7. There are plenty of working men doing double shifts who miss out on their family life. Brady gets to see his family, vacation and spend time with them more than most. While Giselle’s frustrations are somewhat understandable, it’s hard not to see them as extreme first world problems and diva-ish.

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