Tom Brady Encourages Fans to Get Hammered, Team Backpedals
If this is the first you are hearing about Tom Brady telling Patriots fans to drink heavily before Sunday’s game against the Chargers, you have not been following sports for the past 24 hours. For those of you who missed it, reporters asked Brady on Wednesday if he had any advice for what fans can do while waiting around for the 4:15 start at Gillette Stadium. His response: “Star drinking early. Get nice and rowdy…plenty of time to get lubed up.”
Big deal, right? People were going to do that anyway. Fans don’t need their star quarterback to tell them a 4:15 start means more time to drink and tailgate. That’s just the way it goes. Naturally, the Patriots felt they had to release a statement assuring the public that their poster boy was not encouraging fans to drink excessively, even thought he was.
Patriots Spokesman Stacey James later told reporters that Brady meant he would like fans to “drink a lot of water, stay hydrated, and drink responsibly.” No he didn’t.
The fact that the Patriots and others even saw something wrong with the statement just further reiterates the fact that you can’t say anything anymore without getting into trouble. Pick a side. If you’re going to get on Brady for doing pansy Ugg commercials or crying on camera, that’s fine. But you can’t make fun of him for his lavish lifestyle and then give him crap for talking like your average football fan. Or you can because this is America. It just wouldn’t make any sense.