Tom Brady’s Temper Has Led To A League-Wide Policy Opening Potential Punishment For All 32 Teams

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Tom Brady was seen being visibly upset in last week’s win over the Saints. While Tampa left New Orleans with a big divisional victory, Brady and the offense found it to be tough sledding against a stout Saints defense.

The quarterback was held scoreless over the first two quarters, seeing his team trailing 3-0 at the halftime break. The Bucs landed a field goal in the third quarter to tie the game before exploding for 17 points in the final period.

Brady finished just 18-for-34, throwing for 190 yards and a score, which caused his frustrations to boil on the sidelines. The passer took his anger out on a couple of tablets, shattering the devices on the Tampa bench.

He has since jokingly apologized for the incident, but the league is taking the issue a bit more seriously. Due to that outburst, the NFL has now started a league-wide policy that will punish any team for tablet vandalism on the sidelines.

NFL instills new tablet policy following Tom Brady outburst

Ahead of Week 3, the NFL announced that there would be a new tablet mandate that opens up potential punishment for violators. NFL insiders Jay Glazer and Ari Meirov reported the news online Sunday morning.

“Thanks to Tom Brady, all 32 teams received a memo from the NFL this week threatening punishment for breaking tablets and/or other league-issued equipment.”

Fans were quick to respond to the new policy, though they believe if the incident was bad enough to create this new mandate, maybe his punishment should’ve been more severe.

Take a look at the immediate response on social media.

This fan took note that while the NFL is stiffening its stance on breaking expensive equipment on the sidelines, Brady has not been punished, despite this not being his first offense.

“But zero actual punishment for Brady.”

Another fan seconded that sentiment, saying, “Suspend him then,” if they really wanted to send a message.

Some are wondering why Brady isn’t the only one receiving backlash seeing as he’s the one that seems to keep making headlines for breaking the tablets.

“Correct me if I’m wrong but why not just send a memo to the only person breaking tablets on the sideline?”

We’ll see if there are any offenders in Week 3 with the new NFL tablet policy being implemented.