Ok, I don’t really make jokes about domestic violence. I don’t think it’s a joking matter, and especially given the league’s history with mishandling the matter, it doesn’t really have much of a place in NFL writing. That being said… when the wife of the greatest football player of all time pulls some shit like this, unnecessarily inviting the league into your team’s trainer’s room and bringing unneeded scrutiny onto your already heavily-scrutinized team… do you get to pop her? Maybe just one quick one?
Seriously though, this is Grade A stupid. Why say that? What’re you gaining? Nobody’s gonna feel bad for you that your superstar QB husband, who also happens to be one of the most polarizing figures in sports, got his bell rung once or twice last year. It’s pretty safe to assume that every person to ever put on an NFL uniform has gotten some form of concussion, so you’re really not differentiating yourself here. All you’re doing is saying “Hey Goodell!! Over here! Undocumented concussions, except it’s not the 1990s anymore, so you (pretend to) care about them! Hey! Right here!”
Did Tom Brady get a concussion last year? Probably. Did he play through it and not say anything? Probably. Did dozens of other NFL players do literally the same exact thing last year? Obviously. So all Gisele is doing here is bringing attention onto the Patriots and their medical staff that this team really, really doesn’t need right now. Now, we can’t forget about the Seahawks doing this same exact thing with Richard Sherman this past season (albeit not concerning a head injury, shouldn’t matter though) and getting just a warning, so if the NFL’s reaction to this is any different, we riot in the streets. But I still just don’t understand the thought process of peppering something like this into an interview — especially with her extensive media training, since she is a world famous super model and all. There’s no way Tom co-signed it, and if he didn’t, she shouldn’t be saying it to a national television outlet.
Hopefully, this remains a minor issue and has no impact on the coming season, in which the Patriots have disgustingly great odds to win just about everything. I just hope TB12 isn’t as obvious about his C-Word as Thad Castle.
PS – Michael Hurley from CBS Boston mentioned this a couple months ago. We don’t even know if this is the hit that Gisele’s referring to, or if he even got banged up on this play, so I’m not saying it’s a groundbreaking thing or anything, but you never know.
I'm not saying Tom Brady led the tying 91-yard drive after sustaining a concussion. I'm no spotter. But he does use a 1-star helmet. pic.twitter.com/AQbYeJ1WSX
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) March 11, 2017