Fan sues Patriots for damage to flag signed by Tom Brady


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Tom Brady‘s influence stretches farther than anyone could have imagined.

Case in point. Per the Associated Press, a fan has sued the Patriots for damage done to a flag signed by Brady.

Daniel Vitale, 42, alleges in a federal lawsuit that he loaned the flag to the Patriots Hall of Fame in June 2021. Vitale contends that he was assured the flag would be cared for properly.

Vitale claims that the signature, written in Blue Sharpie, dramatically faded during the time the flag was in the possession of the Patriots. He contends that the value of the flag has dropped by $1 million, due to “a significant gap in the glass directly in front of the flag through which unfiltered light and heat could pass.”

The flag flew at the final regular-season game at the team’s prior stadium, in December 2001.

The Patriots had no comment on the matter to the AP.

“I’ve tried to do everything I can to settle with these guys, but they don’t even want to talk to us,” Vitale said.

Regardless, the legal process has now activated. Vitale will get a chance to prove his case, barring a settlement or dismissal of the case.

22 responses to “Fan sues Patriots for damage to flag signed by Tom Brady

  1. This gentleman is right to sue. The flag was improperly displayed, the autograph faded and devalued because of the teams negligence.

  2. A Pats flag signed by Tom Brady is worth a few thousand $$ at best and this joker claims the value went DOWN by $1 million. This is a complete and total scam.

  3. Make them pay for their negligence. They should have ensured that your asset was properly handled and displayed.

    I’d be expecting $5m

  4. I’d ask for a Life Estate in one of the Luxury Boxes that can be passed on to family members after I pass, with rights that transfer to an equivalent or greater Luxury Box in any new stadium(s). It doesn’t hurt to ask…

  5. Never heard of a player signing an American flag before. Team logo flag, sure, but the US flag?

  6. How could this be worth a million dollars to begin with. There are people who can barely feed their family and we suing for a million dollars for lost value in a flag. Our society need to re-examine its priorities.

  7. Yeah its weird that someone would sign a flag!
    From Flag Etiquette: “Don’t draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.”
    So,sounds like this dude will be sent down the road kicking rocks. Its the emblem of the nation. Who is TB to deface it?

  8. THey did not value Brady’s signature on a contract and allowed him to walk. Why would the Pats would value a flag with Brady’s signature ?

  9. whostolemyxanax says:
    October 6, 2022 at 11:10 pm
    Never heard of a player signing an American flag before. Team logo flag, sure, but the US flag?

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    I mean, they are the Patriots.

  10. Just FYI:
    Flag Code/Etiquette is really just a bunch of suggestions.
    It is NOTHING like and actual “Law”.
    Thus, there is nothing to enforce when anyone “mistreats” any flag that they own.
    If you “mistreat” someone ELSE’s flag, then you are talking about vandalism, or some such.

  11. njeffrey says:
    October 7, 2022 at 12:18 am
    How could this be worth a million dollars to begin with. There are people who can barely feed their family and we suing for a million dollars for lost value in a flag. Our society need to re-examine its priorities.
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    The guy who caught Aaron Judge’s 62 home run ball has been offered $2 million from a legit dealer and you don’t know how the could be worth $1 million? SMH

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