When someone fully and completely embraces public life, there are really no personal issues. That dynamic is becoming very clear with the Buccaneers quarterback. Tom Brady.
Brady, who has cultivated a platform that has resulted in the aggressive pursuit of multiple business interests, has had his football career shrouded in mystery with an unprecedented hiatus from training camp. Brady has been absent a full week, for personal reasons. There is apparently no end in sight. Beyond a report by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that the situation has nothing to do with the health of Brady or his family, there has been no announcement or report as to why he is out.
The absence of information invites much speculation. That’s part of the price of not just stumbling into fame, but enjoying it, cashing in on it. When an athlete, artist, or other celebrity demands the public’s attention, it’s unreasonable to expect everyone to look away when something unusual happens.
As for Brady, there’s a natural curiosity about why he left, how long he’ll be gone and if he’ll ever return. the mishandling of the situation by the team hasn’t done better. Last week they insisted that everything was planned. Comments Thursday from coach Todd Bowles, who said there is no specific date for Brady’s return, undermine the idea that it was carefully orchestrated.
“So, I’ll need some time off during training camp. As of August 11.
“When are you going to be back?”
No, it seems that this was not planned. Also, the absences did not start on August 11. She missed her birthday (August 3) on a supposedly planned day off. She missed Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th of August for personal reasons. He then practiced four more times before embarking on his mid-camp break.
Are you having second thoughts about playing in 2022? Has Father Time finally caught up with him?
We know he tried to retire from the Buccaneers, not the NFL. We know he wanted to play for the Dolphins, with Sean Payton as their head coach. We know he didn’t retire when he did because the Bucs were on the verge of losing players like center. –Ryan Jensen to free agency, and on the verge of making other plans at quarterback. We assume a coaching change was enough to placate Brady. (Regardless, we know that Bruce Arians didn’t mind walking away 17 days after Brady’s return.)
But what if going back to the team you thought you were leaving just doesn’t work? What if her heart isn’t really in it? With the ability to earn $37.5 million this year from Fox instead of earning much less to play football, wouldn’t it be tempting to just end up as a player and raise the curtain as a broadcaster?
Yes, many people count on him to choose to continue playing. But if he can’t fully and completely commit, it doesn’t help anyone to force him.
Then there’s the fact that this all happened after the league announced Aug. 2 that the Dolphins had extensively rigged Brady in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 in an effort to get him to Miami. While it’s unclear how or why that disclosure could spark a personal issue that requires a three-day break followed several days later by a much longer one, the timeline is undeniable.
Before the Dolphins’ tampering came to light, Brady’s status was not in question. Since then, he has wasted a lot of time.
There may be a perfectly good explanation for it, unrelated to the possibility that Brady decides to move on. Regardless, the circumstances create an information gap that must necessarily be filled by something. In the absence of evidence, all that remains becomes speculation. And the situation is simply inviting more, not less, as time goes on.