‘She knows when I get hit’: Brady on con­cus­sions

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - SCOTT ALLEN

Six weeks af­ter Gisele Bund­chen told “CBS This Morn­ing” that her hus­band, five-time Su­per Bowl cham­pion quar­ter­back Tom Brady, had a con­cus­sion last Na­tional Foot­ball League sea­son that wasn’t listed on the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ in­jury re­port, Brady ad­dressed the is­sue. Sort of. Like his coach, Bill Belichick, Brady gave an am­bigu­ous an­swer to a ques­tion about the is­sue that nei­ther con­firmed nor de­nied Bund­chen’s claim.

“(Gisele) sees the hits. She was vo­cal about that, most re­cently on CBS about the con­cus­sions. How much do you talk to her about those hits that you take?” ESPN’s Kevin Ne­gandhi asked Brady dur­ing an “E:60” in­ter­view that aired Sun­day morn­ing. “She’s there ev­ery day,” Brady said, via CBS Sports. “I mean, we go to bed in the same bed ev­ery night, so I think she knows when I’m sore, she knows when I’m tired, she knows when I get hit. We drive home to­gether. But, she also knows how well I take care of my­self. She’s a very con­cerned wife and very lov­ing.”

In May, Bund­chen told CBS that Brady “has con­cus­sions pretty much,” ev­ery year in­clud­ing one last sea­son.

The league is­sued a state­ment af­ter Bund­chen’s re­marks, say­ing: “There are no records that in­di­cate that Mr. Brady suf­fered a head in­jury or con­cus­sion.”

Don Yee, Brady’s agent, said his client did not have a con­cus­sion di­ag­nosed dur­ing the 2016 sea­son.

“Tom was not di­ag­nosed with a con­cus­sion last year,” Yee said via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “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.”

Brady de­clined to speak with re­porters dur­ing the Pa­tri­ots’ off-sea­son work­outs and Belichick dodged the ques­tion when asked in June about his quar­ter­back’s al­leged un­re­ported con­cus­sion last year.

“We file in­jury re­ports ev­ery week,” Belichick said. “So I’m not sure when the next one’s due, prob­a­bly some­time in Septem­ber, but we’ll have one for you then.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.