Tom Brady is about to take the field Sunday in pursuit of his sixth Super Bowl title, so he is very used to being in the spotlight. But the 40-year-old NFL quarterback made it very clear this week that his kids are out of bounds.
It all started when Alex Reimer, a radio host at Boston’s WEEI—a popular station in Brady’s adopted hometown—called Brady’s 5-year-old daughter “an annoying little pissant,” in reference to a scene from a reality series about the quarterback called “Tom vs Time.”
In the clip below, you can hear Reimer make the remark as he and a co-host are discussing the show.
As a professional athlete, Brady tolerates being hit by 300-pound men, being subjected to endless media scrutiny and eating some of the weirdest foods known to man, but, as many parents would, he drew the line at taking shots at his children. He let some other WEEI hosts know about his displeasure this week during a weekly call-in interview that he cut abruptly cut off, according to The Guardian.
“I’ve tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect,” Brady said on Monday. “I’ve always tried and come on and do a good job for you guys. It’s very disappointing when you hear [Reimer’s comments], certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly don’t deserve that. I really don’t have much to say this morning. Maybe I’ll speak with you guys some other time.”
Reimer has since been suspended by WEEI, which recently extended an agreement that would include appearances by Brady, but the quarterback is reportedly reconsidering that arrangement.
Statement from WEEI and Entercom: pic.twitter.com/Gz7zNGrStl
— WEEI (@WEEI) January 30, 2018
However, during a media appearance prior to the big game on Sunday, Brady made it clear that while he was disappointed with the comments, he did not want Reimer to lose his job.
“We all have careers and make mistakes. I hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that,” Brady told the media gathered in Minneapolis, the site of the Super Bowl. “I certainly hope the guy is not fired.”
Reimer is reportedly in his mid-20s.
As Brady’s New England Patriots teammate Devin McCourty noted, it’s a pretty forgiving stance for Brady to take considering Reimer went after his family.
“It’s always easy to defend our families,” McCourty told The Guardian. “I thought that was very disappointing to see anyone say anything negative toward his daughter, or anything about your family. Really poor taste. But I think, as always, Tom handled it in the right way with something like that.”
Would you be so forgiving if someone insulted your child?