Tom Brady, six-time Super Bowl champion and sore loser extraordinaire.
For the second time after a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss this season, Brady walked off the field Monday night without fulfilling the custom of shaking the opposing quarterback’s hand. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who outplayed Brady in the head-to-head win, was looking around the midfield scrum for Brady and seemed confused not to see him.
Two strikes and you are out, some say.
“I guess Brady doesn’t know Goff well enough to shake his hand after losing,” NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe wrote on Twitter. “Yet, he knows every qb after he wins. Brady is full of what the elephant left on the show ground. His attitude is bulljive and it’s time to call his A– out on it.”
Brady also walked off on Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles earlier this season. Coincidentally (or not), Brady has faced both quarterbacks in Super Bowls, beating Goff’s Rams and losing to Foles’ Eagles.
“It’s a bad look for Brady, it’s a bad look for the Bucs, it’s a bad look for the league,” co-host Kyle Brandt said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.” “I’m never going to be the guy who is like, ‘What are we supposed to tell our kids?’ No, we know what to tell our kids: We point at that and say, ‘It’s bush league. Don’t do that.’ Sit there next to your son and be like, ‘See what Tom Brady is doing it? Never do that.’”
Brady threw a couple of costly interceptions, including one to thwart a comeback in the 27-24 defeat.
“He said afterward he is ‘disappointed,’” Brandt said. “Well, so is every quarterback who lost to you and came and shook your hand. That’s part of the game.’”
Brandt compared it to how Babe Ruth used to only jog to first base after hitting home runs late in his career. A runner would make the rest of the trip around the bases. He called out Brady’s lame excuse earlier this season that he shakes hands when he has a personal relationship with the other quarterback.
“Dude, you had an extended tender moment with 22-year-old [Los Angeles Chargers quarterback] Justin Herbert after you beat him,” Brandt said. “He has now left two guys hanging that he played in the Super Bowl. Two guys after losses. If this was someone who was more polarizing – if Baker Mayfield pulled that or if Cam Newton pulled that – they would be annihilated in the opening segment of every radio show and every TV show in the world.”
Brandt called for the media to ask Brady why he left Goff lingering and took a dig at the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl hopes all at once.
“He’s not above that,” Brandt said. “I don’t care what he’s accomplished. He should be obligated to answer the question about why he did that. Because the way this is going, it’s going to happen after a playoff game. And from what I’ve seen lately, it’s going to be in the first round.”
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