Tom Brady: Just Shut Up!

Justin DamasiewiczCorrespondent IMay 15, 2008

Let me begin by saying that I am not a Tom Brady fan.  He is one of my least favorite football players of all time.  Yet, though I despise him I have grown to respect him over the last couple of years.

In a day and age in which we see professional athletes getting DUIs, various felonies and misdemeanors and having many other legal issues, you never see Tom Brady involved in any of that.

He handles himself with a certain amount of style and grace usually only accomplished by interior designers and homosexuals.

He also has a unique ability to say just the right thing in interviews and press conferences, but not this time.  This time he gave me something to work with.

I feel that it is my responsibility as a Brady basher to "bash" him while he has given me a rare opportunity to do so.

Wednesday, on WEEI's The Big Show (a Boston radio show), Brady made comments directed toward the medias a whole and ESPN in particular casting blame for the escalation of the Spygate scandal.

Brady said "I wish people would try to study a game and focus their energy on trying to analyze the games better, rather than the stuff that's not important like this whole camera stuff. I think it's a way to really sell newspapers. And all the ESPN stations, they've got to fill the air, too,"

First of all, Tom, it IS important.  It is so important that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who actually seems to be on the New England Patriots side in all of this, felt that it was necessary to fine Bill Belichick and the Patriots three quarters of a million dollars and take away their 2008 first round draft pick.

Brady also said "I think it's just kind of the environment right now. I think that's the way guys make it. They say the craziest things.  That's what ESPN has become. ESPN, to me, is like MTV without the videos. They just have highlights instead."

Here's the thing about that, Tom.  ESPN is a ratings driven station, just like every other media outlet.  Their function is to tell news stories that people want to hear.  And if you think that the best team in the most popular sport in the nation being caught cheating is not what people want to hear about then in the words of ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd "Wow, you're dumb."

People DO want to hear that.  It was and still is the biggest story in the NFL!

I have news for you, Tom.  This situation was not caused by ESPN or the rest of the media, it was caused by your coach and his blatant disregard for an NFL rule.

And don't think for a moment that anyone with a brain is buying the fact that he misinterpreted the rule.  Any fool could read that rule and understand it, and Bill Belichick is no fool.

The Patriots violated the following rules:
1. Page 105 of the Game Operations manual says: "No video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game." It later says: "All video shooting locations must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead."

2. And, a memo from Ray Anderson, NFL head of football operations, to head coaches and GMs on Sept. 6, 2006 said: "Video taping of any type, including but not limited to taping of an opponent’s offensive or defensive signals, is prohibited on the sidelines, in the coaches’ booth, in the locker room, or at any other locations accessible to club staff members during the game."

Tell me you don’t understand that, Tom.  My two year old can understand that.

Tom Brady, you are making yourself look like an idiot.  Why don't you do yourself a favor and JUST SHUT UP!