Quarterback Tom Brady’s absence from voluntary offseason workouts raised some concerns, but that’s not the only Brady-related rumor circling in the past few years. There have also been speculations regarding the reason behind Tom Brady’s reported frustration with the New England Patriots.
Apparently, the team’s way of handling “Deflategate” had something to do with Brady’s anger.
To be fair, the Patriots did everything they can to support Brady as he battled the NFL including conducting their own investigation that culminated with the “Wells Report in Context.” However, one very public move from Patriots owner Robert Kraft apparently ticked off the veteran quarterback.
Brady wasn’t too pleased to hear he infamous press conference at the NFL spring meetings in 2015 when Kraft announced the Patriots would give up the fight and accept the NFL’s Deflategate punishment.
“The heart and soul and strength of NFL, partnership of 32 teams. At no time should the agenda of one team outweigh the collective good of the full 32,” Kraft said at the time.
An excerpt from the upcoming book “12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight For Redemption” describes the moment:
Kraft’s star quarterback Tom Brady watched the news conference along with millions of others on television. He was devastated and angry. Brady grabbed his cell phone and punched in the contact number for DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association. “What the f—?” Brady shouted over the phone.“Why am I not getting the support I deserve on this thing?”
The announcement had affected Brady a lot, given the fact that coach Bill Belichick had already absolved himself of any involvement, telling reporters in a press conference they needed to “Ask Tom” about how he prepares the footballs.
Brady and the union fought the four-game suspension in the courts before ultimately giving up their fight.