A few months ago, Gisele Bundchen sat down with Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning and revealed that her husband— a quarterback you may or may not have heard of named Tom Brady— has been on the receiving end of multiple concussions over the course of his career. She didn’t mince words in the interview, saying:
“He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every… I mean, we don’t talk about it, but he does have concussions. I don’t think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That cannot be healthy for you, right?”
This, of course, presented a bit of a problem, because at no point during the 2016 season did Brady undergo the NFL-mandated concussion protocol that players are required to pass in order to return to the field. The league quickly responded and unsurprisingly denied that Brady was ever at risk, putting the issue to bed once and for all.
Brady was asked to address the issue today at Patriots’ training camp, and according to Boston Globe reporter Jim McBride, he wasn’t exactly thrilled with the question:
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After failing to give a solid answer, Brady went on to say that a player has the right to keep their medical history private, which is technically correct in the same sense that the baseball players who pled the Fifth in front of Congress while testifying about steroid abuse were technically within their legal right to do so.
Brady’s inability to confront the issue head-on comes just weeks after a study was published in which it was revealed that 99 percent of the brains donated by football players to science after their death showed signs of CTE— a study that Roger Goodell was quick to minimize.
While Brady has a right to privacy, it’s hard not to argue that he bears some responsibility when it comes to addressing the most serious issue facing the sport of football as one of the highest-profile players in the NFL. We can only hope he comes to his senses before he suffers another concussion that makes him lose them.