Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Brady is Cruisin'

Tom Brady reminds me of Tom Cruise today:
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ripped ESPN today for its coverage of the Patriots' Spygate scandal.

Appearing on the Boston radio station WEEI, Brady suggested that the reason Patriotgate has stayed in the news is that the media in general and ESPN specifically are looking to fabricate a controversy.

"I think it's a way to really sell newspapers, and all the ESPN stations, they've got to fill the air, too," Brady said.

When it was pointed out to Brady that many of the ex-NFL players who work at ESPN were harshly critical of the Patriots and suggested that they gained a huge advantage from stealing signals, Brady said, "It's just kind of the environment right now, though. I think that's the way that guys make it. They just say the craziest things. That's what ESPN has become. ESPN, to me, is like MTV without the videos, ESPN is without the highlights."
Tommy, ESPN is a huge prommoter of your career and, well, 'talent.'

But, DUH. It's completely a way to sensationalize a story and squeeze a few extra hours of airtime out of it. That's what the news business is these days. This is like Tom Cruise criticizing psychiatry when the loony bins are mostly his fans. I understand they asked Brady for comments, but comparing ESPN to MTV? Where was that same thought during the baseball steroid all-day OJ Simpson-like marathon?

Don't bite the hand that feeds you, Tom-cat.

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