The big news drop in the NFL came this morning when Tom Brady’s much better half, Gisele, dropped the big C word on national television.
No, not that “C” word, concussion “C” word. Shame.
Gisele Bundchen who is so much the man in the family that she doesn’t have to change her name to Brady (surprised she hasn’t made him change his) was speaking on CBS This Morning when she admitted that her husband had suffered a concussion in 2016.
"“I just have to say, as a wife, as you know (the NFL) is not the most, let’s say, unaggressive sport. Football, he had a concussion last year,” she said in the interview. “He has concussions pretty much every…I mean we don’t talk about it. But he has concussions and I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through. You know, that kind of aggression all the time, that cannot be healthy for you. I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100 I hope.” Gisele said during her morning interview."
The problem? The Patriots never reported Brady with a concussion. At all. Not once. Not in 2016 nor in 2015. Why? Well for starters if they did, he would be in the concussion protocol. Why would Belicheat, sorry Belichic (I always misspell his name….oopsie), report that? Because he needs Tom Brady on the field of course.
Remember last year when Matt Moore suffered a concussion but not really because he only missed one play and then came back in because he was cleared but yet the NFLPA complained and the media ate the whole thing with a spoon and regurgitated it all week long because the Dolphins medical staff really sucks? Whew that was a really long run-on sentence and I wrote that without taking a breath!
I know right…yeah, this guy!
So here we are once again dealing with yet another New England drama. Spy-Gate…check. Deflate-gate? Check. Concussion-gate? Please no more gates.
See here is the thing. The NFLPA is going to launch an investigation but let’s face it they really don’t do too much when they “investigate” except spend the money that is paid to them by the leagues players. So it’s not going to go anywhere.
The NFL simply can’t investigate because they already are perceived to have a vendetta against the Patriots and every time they even point a finger in the general direction of the Patriots, half of New England starts complaining and the other half cries uncontrollably into their pillows.
So the NFL needs to leave this alone. It wasn’t, I repeat it was NOT (capped for effect…I know right), a concussion. It was headaches. That’s it. Gisele simply doesn’t know what those signs and symptoms are so she called it a concussion. Honest mistake.
This works out two ways for the Bundchens. One he can now be added to any litigation with the league about concussion (which will make his salary look at least a little more respectable to hers) and two, when she runs into Will Smith at some gala event, she can say, “Yeah Will, I saw the movie and Tom has the symptoms”, then do that two finger eye to eye thing. .
In reality, Brady was simply trying to do what the deflate-gate fall-guys did in the bathroom with the footballs. He locked the stall door, took out a couple of balls…footballs…shame…and sucked on the little hole to get some of the air out.
Seriously you have to get your mind out of the gutter. And to be clear, I highly doubt that he got on his knees. Probably more like when he sat down to pee.
In all seriousness though, the NFL has taken several shots in the last five years over concussions and while it’s likely nothing will come to the surface in this latest NFL/New England “gate” thingy, it is something that needs closer monitoring around the league. I have to imagine that more than just the Patriots know how to keep med checks quiet.
Besides, another investigation will only piss them off and they will return to the Super Bowl…again. Do Dolphins fans really want that? Of course not. So why not let them keep it to themselves and let Cameron Wake and rookie Charles Harris knock some, ahem, sense into him.