Gisele Bundchen, the super model wife to Patriots QB Tom Brady, told “CBS This Morning” earlier in the week that her husband had suffered concussions during the 2016 season. The statement quickly made headlines as those critical of the Patriots question why a concussion was never listed on any of Brady’s injury reports.
Don Lee, the agent for the New England QB came out with a statement regarding the situation, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
“Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year…Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it’s obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health.”
The NFL has clearly taken the developments seriously as they too released a statement saying they found “no record” of a reported concussion. The league intends to look further into the matter and are coordinating with the NFLPA for additional information.
“We have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady.”
This quickly has become a sticky situation for the league if it is true that it’s star player played through a head injury. Over the last few years, the NFL has been under fire for the way it has handled concussion-related injuries. After dealing with class-action lawsuits and filing in and out of court rooms, the NFL eventually agreed to a $1 billion settlement.
As the NFL continues to dig deeper into the situation, problems could arise if it is found that Brady did indeed play with a concussion.
PS: To those saying this could be grounds for Brady to be suspended, that is almost as incoherent as DeflateGate.