Tom Brady Being a Phony Shouldn’t Be Shocking to Anyone

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Tom Brady speaks at a press conference in 2018.

In case you missed it, Tom Brady told the world he lies. In fact, he said he lies most of the time. He once said the New York Jets were good. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback made waves Friday night on HBO’s The Shop when he admitted that 90% of what he says to the media isn’t what he’s really thinking. Yes, 90%. It should not have taken the quarterback to spill his guts for people to realize Brady is a phony.

Tom Brady has always said a lot without saying anything

Tom Brady Being a Phony Shouldn't Be Shocking to Anyone
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) answers questions during the New England Patriots Press Conference wearing a glove on his right hand on January 31, 2018, at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

When it came to pregame or postgame interview sessions, nobody was more predictable than Brady. You knew what his answers were going to be even before the questions were asked. Every team was great. Every player was great. Brady was going to give 100% each time, and the goal was just to go out there and get better every day.

Maybe that was part of the Patriot Way. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was like that, too, only nastier. The two were very different, but yet very similar. Both said nothing in far different ways, Belichick arrogantly snapped off one-word answers to many reporters’ questions. Brady’s answers to those same questions took longer, he praised everyone, yet revealed nothing of substance.

Every opponent Brady was facing was “tough.” Every teammate “worked hard.” Boring stuff, Tom. At least he was nice about it. Being nice, however, doesn’t cover up the fact he’s been a phony. Now we have proof.

Tom Brady admitted he doesn’t tell the truth

During Friday’s episode of The Shop, Brady showed a side of himself that’s rarely seen. He was having a discussion with LeBron James’ business manager Maverick Carter, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, and comedian Chelsea Handler. Brady got truthful about how much he lied. He even tossed in quite a few expletives for good measure.

“What I say versus what I think are two totally different things,” he said. “I would say 90 percent of what I say is probably not what I’m thinking,” 

Ninety percent seems a bit much. Seems like he’s much worse than many of us thought when it came to those interviews. He admitted saying non-confrontational things during his press conferences made his life so much easier.

“I really admire people that actually can do that, and say what they think, because they invite a lot of other things into their life,” he said. “And I think there’s part of me that doesn’t like conflict. So in the end, I just always try to play it super flat.”

Brady is opening up a lot more since he signed with the Buccaneers

Brady is a different man, at least publicly, since he left the Patriots. Under Belichick’s watch, it’s hard to imagine Brady coming out to say in an expletive-filled conversation that he tells the truth 10% of the time. Now playing for Bruce Arians, widely known as a players’ coach, Brady has loosened up and has clearly changed his tune.

It’s one thing to not give away a game plan, but for 20 years in New England, Brady was stale. His on-the-field success covered up those obvious lies in his interview game. He played the role of Mr. Perfect to perfection. Brady never stirred the pot, but his answers were obviously scripted.

Now that he’s moved along, he’s changed. He’s become human. He’s still winning Super Bowls, but Friday night he showed the world he’s much different off the field than he was in New England. Ninety percent of what Brady said wasn’t what he was thinking. It appears now he’s not hiding from the truth.

Now, Tom, about that smashed phone from Deflategate.

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