Tom Brady, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has issued an apology for recent remarks in which he equated playing professional football to serving in the military, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Brady added, “I have a great deal of gratitude for everyone who served,” to his apologies. We’re all just playing a game, and the military is protecting our nation. I shouldn’t have drawn comparisons because the two things are extremely different.
Every time someone rides the razor’s edge of equating anything to being in the military, there will typically be resistance; Brady encountered this in spades. The seven-time Super Bowl champion’s original comment can be taken in a nice way to infer that he didn’t mean any offence. It is an appropriate analogy to that end from a reductive literal standpoint of both things entail being apart from family for a lengthy amount of time and the fact that both athletes and service men wear uniforms. Nevertheless, considering society’s sensitivity toward the military, the anger over Tom Brady’s statement makes sense. Coming just a few days after the initial comment, an apology seems at the very least acceptable.
The Buccaneers’ preparation for their Week 7 NFC South divisional game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday must not be derailed by this military statement controversy, one can only hope. The Buccaneers are currently tied with the Atlanta Falcons for first place in their division with a 3-3 record. With 1,652 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and one interception through six starts, Brady is having an uncharacteristically quiet season.
Tom Brady issues an apology for saying that football and deployment are both games in the end. This article originally appeared on ClutchPoints.