There is no secret that athletes are bombarded and hounded by the media on a regular basis and per their contract, they are forced to sit there and answer questions that can largely be classified as frequently frivolous.
One thing sports journalists do is ask a litany of questions about things that concern the game they are about to play or just played. But they cross a major line when they ask questions to these athletes that rile them up about their political affiliation. It happens all the time because they become headline news while bringing national attention to that sports journalist’s name in the process. It’s a game.
But veteran New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows all the gimmicks that sports journalist play and he just embarrassed them with one awesome move.
If you don’t think that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time can you just don’t know a lot about football. You can hate him all you want but that doesn’t change the fact that the prospect who was drafted 199th just won his sixth Super Bowl title.
It doesn’t matter that it was widely hailed as being the most boring Super Bowl in recent memory, Brady proved again, as he’s done time after time, never to doubt his expertise at quarterback.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have expertise any other aspects surrounding the game of football. Take,for example, handling the media. It takes patience and restraint when dealing with the aggressive liberal sports media.
And Brady like the consummate professional that he is simply said “next question,” when Perry Russom of NBC Sports Boston ask the inevitable.
— Perry Russom NBC10 Boston (@PerryNBCBoston) February 7, 2019
There’s a lot to unpack about this video. Firstly, it’s clear by the laughter in the room that this question was asked multiple times before Russom asked it. You can tell that by the way he motions his hands, smirks and scoffs at it.
Secondly, this NBC journalist knew good and well what he was doing. Let’s not be naïve here. He was well aware that that question had already been asked. But if they keep probing, keep asking, then it’s possible that the response could make headlines as it ironically did for Russom.
Another thing you might wonder is why Brady feels that he needs to dodge a question like this. Why doesn’t he just answer the question with a simple yes or no?
It’s wise not to give any journalist validation for questions of this nature because it frankly has nothing to do with sports. A public relations specialist would confirm that the best way to go about this is to release the answer to that question on Brady’s own terms.
And in that way, there will be no follow-up questions that he has to answer when everybody knows that a journalist’s tactic is to ask the same thing over and over hoping for a different result every time.
Two years ago when Brady won the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, he made the decision not to attend the ceremony at the White House because his mother was ill. You might remember that she was in the midst of cancer treatment at that time.
This came as a surprise to journalists even though he admitted it was for personal reasons and had nothing to do with President Trump’s so-called “divisiveness.” It was all about his mother.
Now he has another decision to make whether he answers that question now or not, but the point is that he doesn’t owe them an answer to any of their questions, especially when it has every thing to do with these journalists trying to manipulate him into confessing whether he’s a Trump supporter or not.