In the latest episode of his Let’s Go! podcast, Tom Brady got a little testy about a question regarding whether he’ll play in 2023. He also had some grievances to air about the fine imposed as a result of one of his actions from his final game of 2022.
The league imposed a $16,444 fine on Brady for an attempted sliding trip of Cowboys defensive back Malik Hooker after a third-quarter fumble recovery.
“I’m a little disappointed, though, because I tried to tackle [Hooker] with my right shoulder and missed him,” Brady said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “And I wasn’t going to try to stick my arm out, so I was trying to get him on the ground. I missed him completely. I didn’t even hit him. I tried to trip him but I didn’t. So, I don’t know how you can get fined for something that didn’t even happen. Are they fining an intention? It’s like targeting and you miss the person you hit, and they still call it targeting. So, I got to figure out and understand why this is the case. This is why I wish our NFLPA was stronger.”
It’s odd that he’d take a shot at the NFL Players Association when his appeal hasn’t even been resolved yet. Maybe the NFLPA will mount a successful defense and win, like it did for Saints defensive end Cam Jordan and the fine for faking an injury.
Also, it’s bizarre that Brady would justify his actions by pointing to the fact that he failed to succeed.