The mood of still Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t necessarily been the best over the past two weeks. Last Monday, January 16, his 23rd NFL season came to a frustrating end with a 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Wild Card Weekend.
Why was Tom Brady fined in the loss vs. Cowboys?
As a result, speculation about his possible retirement has increased, however, another detail that occurred in the third quarter of the aforementioned game went slightly unnoticed. After a play that was originally called as a fumble that was later corrected to an incomplete pass, “America’s Team” safety Malik Hooker was knocked down after a dangerous slide tackle by the seven-time Super Bowl winner.
That action ended up costing the ex-husband of Brazilian top model Gisele Bndchen a $16,444 fine. In his latest appearance on the Let’s Go! Podcast along with co-host Jim Gray and legendary former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, TB12 made no secret of his annoyance at the punishment.
Tom Brady’s harsh criticism of the NFLPA
“I’m a little disappointed, though, because I tried to tackle [Hooker] with my right shoulder and missed him,” Brady said. “And I wasn’t going to try to stick my arm out, so I was trying to get him on the ground. I missed him completely. I didn’t even hit him. I tried to trip him but I didn’t. So, I don’t know how you can get fined for something that didn’t even happen. Are they fining an intention? It’s like targeting and you miss the person you hit, and they still call it targeting. So, I got to figure out and understand why this is the case. This is why I wish our NFLPA was stronger.”
At several points in the Podcast, Brady was less than cheerful, the same was true when Jim Gray asked him about when he would announce a decision on whether or not he would continue one more season in the NFL.
“If I knew what I was going to f—— do, I would’ve already f—— done it, OK,” Brady said. “I’m taking it a day at a time.”