Tom Brady Admits He Lies to Media to Avoid Controversy

Tom Brady found himself in the middle of a mini-controversy last week after telling Patriots fans to show up and start drinking early prior to the team’s game against the Chargers. The NFL, despite selling plenty of beer sponsorships, doesn’t want to encourage fans to get blitzed, so the Patriots tried to cover up Tom’s words. Brady explained that he was trying to bring a bit of humor to his press conference but that he won’t make the same mistake again.

During an interview played on Westwood One’s broadcast of Monday Night Football, Brady explained that he doesn’t tell the media how he truly feels or thinks because he needs to avoid creating headlines.

“I don’t often say exactly how I feel,” Brady said. “And I don’t often say exactly what I think. Because you don’t want to cause controversy. When there is controversy, all your teammates start getting asked about ‘What Brady said.’ Really, it becomes a distraction to the team. You’re trying to get ready for an important game on the weekend, and then now, on Thursday and Friday, the only thing that people want to talk about is some comment the quarterback on your team made.

“When that happens, I feel bad and a certain responsibility to my teammates that in some way I let them down. That they have to be cleaning up a mess that I made for the rest of the team. And that’s never a position that I want to put my teammates in because we have too many other things to worry about.

“In the media-driven culture that we have, and I understand that every reporter has a job to do, and every newspaper is trying to sell a story, and there’s hard competition for that. But for me, I always try to keep it to football and about the focus of the week so that I can be the best representative for my team as possible.”

This certainly seems to fit in with the “Patriots Way,” which is giving bland press conferences. Heck, as we wrote in June, Bill Belichick’s rules for speaking to the media is to use cliches. It’s no surprise that Brady admits he can’t say how he really feels.

In the same interview, Brady also touched on Eli Manning calling himself one of the elite quarterbacks.

“I really admire [Eli] as an athlete, as a leader. He plays in a tough market, and the media’s tough on him. In ’07, we played them in the Super Bowl and he played a hell of a game. Every time that I watch him out there he’s making good decisions and making good plays.

“The only thing that’s really important, at the end of the day, is whether your team wins the Super Bowl or not. Because there’s only one team that experiences greatness at the end of the season. And Eli has done that, and he’s a great player.”

Well let’s see, Brady admits that he lies to avoid controversy, and one of the Belichick media rules is to compliment your opponents. Any chance that what Brady says about Eli isn’t true? I’d say it’s highly possible.

Honestly, I don’t blame Brady. I like athletes who are honest and who tell the truth, but he has more important things to worry about than media controversies. Maybe saying “no comment” more frequently would be more appropriate because then he wouldn’t have to lie, but how much different would that be?

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  • Anonymous

    Tom Brady is absolutely right about Eli Manning. Eli gets way too much grief from the media, and the fans lap it up for some reason. It’s shameful.

    Do Patriots fans know that Eli donated a sizable sum to the Myra Kraft Giving Back Fund?


    A real decent guy, great player, great leader who gets stepped on for no good reason.


  • Anonymous

    Your just figuring this out?  And you think you should dictate what would be a better way to handle it? 
    REPORTER–“hey Brady, you have beat the Bills 15 times in a row, any reason to think you wont beat them this weekend?” 

    BRADY– ”  umm,,   no comment”.  

    oh thats a great idea…  

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Hey moron, that’s for questions where giving a truthful answer could result in a controversy.

    Reporter: Is Ochocinco’s lack of contributions due to him not knowing the playbook?

    No comment.

    Take your negativity elsewhere. It’s not wanted here.

  • Anonymous

    give me a break.. Brady isn’t lying and he never said that Larry Brown…. he said he doesn’t always say what he’s thinking  and that’s because people like you twist it all around

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that he “lies”. He’s not obligated to divulge any information to you. If you want to talk about lying and deceit, how about the way you framed this article with a headline that is totally incriminating to Brady, and then once you lure readers in with your dirt, you just concede that he really didn’t do anything wrong.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yes, intentionally saying something you know isn’t true is lying. Maybe you need a refresher from the dictionary.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    He doesn’t tell the media the truth. He lies to them. You just have an extremely negative connotation with the word and want to let him off the hook for it. The headline is not inaccurate, you just don’t want to view it that way.

  • Anonymous

    So the word lying shouldn’t have negative connotations? BTW, if he just said no comment to everything don’t expect me to believe that you guys wouldn’t label him as being an evasive prick.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I wouldn’t. I would understand why he’s doing it in those situations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y3QZ3ID26HT4AMQSAEPKEYP3AU None

    Bottom line is.  Teams win and lose every day.  The players and everyone else have the same feelings about what happens on/off the field.  So knowing this.  Why even ask the questions if we know what the answer really is.  Even if they do the polite thing and Answer evasivly.  They know and we know.  They are proud of what they do.  Kick somones butt cause they sucked.  Hell yeah.  Lose to a team in a landslide.  Get back to work during the week.  And call a player out who is the weakest link.  Asking the question is pointless if you know the answer.  Keep watching to stay on top of the news so you know all the angles.  The only reason why LB does what he does.  Is cause he cannot write somthing out of context.  He needs to ask the question so he has somthing to report.  If we all watched the games.  We wouldnt need to come here and read this article.  Reading an article about questions we know the answers to but get different ones so no one hurts anyone elses feelings.  So much for freedom of speech eh?   Now having read the article.  I feel like a small part of me has died inside.  Going to bed now.  Good day.

  • Anonymous

    And you, Mr. Brown, talk about lying?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Riley/522311573 Andrew Riley

    Calling him a liar is exactly Tom’s point.  Media need a story, and if they don’t have one they’ll make one.  Tom Brady Quote”I like apple’s” Media .  Tom Brady hates Oranges, Florida, and farmers of the fruit.  Miami fan’s are out for blood.  I’m not gonna feel sorry for Tom Brady that’s part of the bad that comes with the good.   I will say that with fewer ‘Journalist’s’ there would be better stories about the sport’s we like.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVO4ILKVKA2CBUELZEU2OWUVDQ Psylon69

    Not saying exactly what you feel is not necessarily lying.  For someone who calls himself a writer, you’d think you might know the meaning of the words vague and ambiguous, which by the way don’t necessarily mean the same thing, but can.

    You might want to take a logic course or a law course.  You might learn something about writing. 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    OK, then what is it? Not answering a question truthfully is lying, is it not?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QU73FNS45FYK3JYJLAGQ6MI6RY Craig

    I don’t think in any Brady interview I have seen where I have ever heard Brady actually give praise to a team they had played. Which is at the top of my list for not liking the guy, because all the players from whatever team when it is said and done are basically one hit away from a life threatening injury. And Brady should give praise when and where it is due. So there was a lie I saw on this article about Brady following Belichik’s rules of complimenting his opponents.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVO4ILKVKA2CBUELZEU2OWUVDQ Psylon69

    Depends on the question.

    How do you feel?

     You could answer that “good”, “ok”, “fine”, etc, etc.
    All of those words have similar, yet distinct meanings.

    You could answer with any of those answers and others and not be lying.

    Also, the question “how do you feel?” encompasses several different areas.  How you feel about your finances might not be the same as you feel about your health.

    Since the question is vague, any number of distinct answers could be true yet not be similar.

    How much do you make a year?

    That’s a fairly specific question, but if I answer with “enough” or “I get by” I have not lied, but have also not answered the question the way you hoped to be answered.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    You haven’t seen him much, apparently. He was complimentary of Buffalo this week.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I see what you’re saying. We’re obviously going to disagree here. If someone asks me how I’m doing and I say fine when I’m really not, it might not be a big deal but that’s lying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Riley/522311573 Andrew Riley

    Really?  Tom Brady has a super duper model wife millions of dollars and is playing the best football of his life and you managed to generate sympathy for him by calling him a liar?!  Well done.  I don’t feel less of him but less of you when you go there, no wonder all athletes give ‘Bull Durham’ quotes to reporters, cause there really is no upside to saying anything when everything is twisted into nonsense.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVO4ILKVKA2CBUELZEU2OWUVDQ Psylon69

    Well, in your defense, there is an amount of cultural lying that goes on every day that is acceptable to all parties.  That movie “The Invention of Lying” and also “Liar Liar” deal with this phenomenon.

    If your wife asks if the dress she just bought makes her look fat, you’re going to spin that the best you can.

    With that being known, it’s not fair to single someone out a s liar for it when everybody does it.

    I think that’s why you’re getting a little flak about the article.

    Looking forward to the next one.


  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    That’s part of my point. People who work in P.R., or some lawyers, etc. are professional liars. 

    I think the other issue is who’s being targeted here. Brady is such a nice guy, nobody wants to view him negatively. Swap him for Belichick in this story and nobody would care, even if the content is the same.

    Good points and I appreciate you writing in a respectful manner.

  • Anonymous

    So what the heck is the difference… idiot!  You really think taking a position of “no comment” is NOT going to cause controversy..  Thats the best example you can come up with?

     Did you not see how Brady stood up for OCHO this past week when questioned about the comments made by Bruschi about Ocho.  Maybe he was telling the truth… maybe he was lying..  I still dont see how “no comment”  helps


    I am still amazed that this shocks you!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    It’s not shocking; it’s interesting that he admitted it.

  • Rick Rezac

    By the way, you all know beer at sporting events is 3/.2 beer right? Have to drink a crap load to really get wasted or be a real fairey!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1811552406 Van McDaniel

    Maybe if the Giants got rid of Kevin Gilbride they could bring in a good O coordinator that could use Eli and tap into his full potential.

  • Anonymous

    “I don’t often say exactly how I feel,” Brady said. “And I don’t often say exactly what I think. Because you don’t want to cause controversy.
    Larry, isn’t he iomplying that NOT ALL THE TIME is he lying? “Often” he does and you immediately take the typical media approach of taking something positive and turning it into a negative. Hence the reason why Brady “often” doesn’t tell the truth. Whew!

  • Anonymous

    brady is a great quarterback, women think he’s gorgreous, perfect for the media, except for one thing, other than football he isn’t very smart. he needs to quit talking until his football career is over then become a sports announcer or republican candidate for president.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DVAJRYV3BYMJ6DLCJLG63JWLY4 plynth

    So anyone who does not say exactly what he thinks is a liar?  Then if you weren’t a liar yourself, every boss you’ve ever had would have fired you.  If you try to tell us that you have always told your bosses exactly what you think, you’re a liar.  What should I care what a liar thinks about what Tom Brady says?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DVAJRYV3BYMJ6DLCJLG63JWLY4 plynth

    Larry Brown’s relpy to you was absolutely right.  Brady routinely praises teams that he has played and teams he is about to play.  It very strange that Brady is one guy who ALWAYS compliments the other teams and you say he never does.  Wow.  Maybe you hated him because he kicked your team’s ass and you stopped listening to anything he has said after that.  Do you put your fingers in your ears and hum while he’s talking and then accuse him of never complimenting anyone?