Tom Brady Finally Backtracks – Apologizes For Saying Playing Football Is Like ‘Deployment For The Military’
Tom Brady has apologized after comparing playing in the NFL, for which he makes millions, to "deployment for the military."
Earlier this week, we reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had crossed the line when he outrageously said that playing in the NFL was like “going away on deployment for the military.” Now, he’s finally backtracking on this and apologizing for making this comparison.
Tom Brady opens his weekly presser by apologizing for comparing a football season to military deployment, calling it a poor choice of words. pic.twitter.com/tgmNcCQy1O
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 20, 2022
During this week’s episode of his “Let’s Go!” podcast, Brady was discussing his latest 23rd season playing in the NFL when he made the offensive comparison.
“I almost look at like a football season like you’re going away on deployment for the military,” he said. “And it’s like, ‘Man, here I go again.'”
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“Earlier this week I made a statement about playing football and the military and it was a very poor choice of words, and I just wanna’ express that to any sentiments out there that people may have taken it in a certain way,” he said. “So I apologize.”
Brady doubled down on this later in the press conference, saying, “I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for everyone who served. And, in the end, we play a game, and the military is defending our country. It’s two different things and I shouldn’t have made the comparison.”
— Sara Walsh (@Sara_Walsh) October 20, 2022
Brady Hit With Backlash
This came after Brady was hit with tons of backlash online for making the comparison in the first place, with many pointing out that he has made over $330 million dollars through his career playing football, and that number doesn’t even include endorsements.
“Oh Tom Brady… go f*** yourself. Being a football quarterback is not even close to military deployment,” one Twitter user who appears to be a veteran said. “I couldn’t see my children at all for a year (*except for the 2 week R&R at the halfway point). They couldn’t fly out to watch me do my job whenever they wanted.”
“Tom Brady says he looks at the football season like he is on the military and going away on deployment,” another added. “Really Tom? You never served a day, so staying in a five star hotel, eating anything you want and talking to family every day is not the same, you clown.”
“Tom Brady thinks playing football is like going on military deployment. We both wear a uniform, and our marriages/relationships can be strained, but the similarities end there,” a third user wrote. “He plays a game to entertain people. We risk our lives to defend this country.”
The backlash only continued from there:
Out of my 8(ish) deployments, I never made $15,000,000, went home every night, or spent time with my family.
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) October 18, 2022
— Caleb (@calebthedad1) October 18, 2022
I promise you guys that multi-millionaire Tom Brady who unretired after two weeks and torpedoed his own marriage does not need you to defend his honor after making a dumb comparison of his own life to the lives of people serving in the military.
— Lethality Jane🌻 (@LethalityJane) October 20, 2022
Tom Brady really compared making millions of dollars to throw a football in the NFL to being on a military deployment. NOT EVEN CLOSE! This guy in unraveling before our eyes.
— Mrs. Booker (@MarriedToBooker) October 18, 2022
Tom Brady has done nothing but whine and fuss about football since losing to the Steelers. Even comparing football season to military deployment. Seriously dude, RETIRE!!!!!
— lisa 🖤💛✌🏻😇 (@crliss21) October 19, 2022
Brady’s Current Struggles
This comes at a difficult time for Brady, as his marriage to the supermodel Gisele Bündchen is rumored to be on the rocks, potentially over his decision to un-retire and play another NFL season. In his comments earlier this week, he admitted that he struggles to focus on his personal life during NFL seasons.
“Whatever you may say – ‘I want to spend a little bit more time doing this’ – during the season, the reality is when it comes down to it your competitiveness takes over and as much as you want to have this playful balance with the work balance, you’re going to end up doing what you’ve always done and that is why you are who you are,” he said.
.@SamBrockNBC takes us inside drama surrounding Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen after the supermodel raised eyebrows with a comment on social media and the NFL star opened up on a podcast about the stresses of life. pic.twitter.com/xWCAjpd1ig
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 13, 2022
While that may be true, it still doesn’t make playing in the NFL anything like serving in the U.S. military. We’re glad Brady apologized, and we hope he refrains from ever making a comparison like that one again.