Tom Brady returned to his comparison with an NFL season resembling a military deployment.
But that doesn’t stop active duty and armed forces veterans from having a little fun at their expense.
Last week, Brady went on the “Let’s Go!” podcast with Jim Gray and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, where he made controversial comparisons to an NFL player’s season and military deployments.
“I look almost like a football season like you’re going on deployment in the military, and it’s like, ‘Man, here we go again.’ There’s only one way to do it.
A few days later, Brady apologized at a press conference for his choice of words.
For the most part, that will slowly fade as a disconnected athlete making an outrageously bizarre comparison, but for some servicemen, past and present, they’re not so ready to let Brady walk away from that unmolested.
On Thursday, a military content page called “NotInRegz” (short for “not in regulation”) posted Brady’s comments to their 120,000 followers on Instagram.
“I honestly thought he was saying it was funny,” NotInRegz’s content administrator, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Post. “I knew some military veterans would be upset about it, so I posted it on our page.”
Admin NotInRegz said it all started when he got the first screenshot from one of his followers and posted it on his page.
“I got a photo from one of my followers who had messaged Tom Brady on Instagram saying, ‘We have a field day at 4:00 p.m. your room should be clean.’ I thought it was really funny, so I posted it in my story.
The next day, NotInRegz’s inbox was inundated with screenshots of active duty members and veterans who messaged Brady directly, having a little fun with the 20-year-old NFL quarterback. 45 years old.
NotInRegz claims their account received over 200 screenshots of messages sent to Brady in the following days and says a large majority of the page’s followers find this more amusing than being offended by his comparison.
“It didn’t bother me at all that Tom Brady compared his NFL season to a military deployment,” Drayven Howlett, 21, an active duty Marine who messaged Brady, told The Post. “[I] thought that was hilarious.
Howlett said people were overreacting to the whole thing, but can understand how some veterans may be upset by his comments since Brady’s career spanned during and well after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Howlett, who is a Los Angeles Rams fan, made it clear he was not a Brady fan, but it all went well.
Ed Leitner, 23, a Marine Corps veteran who also messaged Brady, said he saw the message shared by NotInRegz and needed to participate.
Leitner, a New York Giants fan who called the 22-year-old quarterback “our son” when asked if he was a Brady fan, said no one really cared and that he considered it “great meme content.”
“I think anyone who’s really upset about this needs to stop being sweet,” Leitner told the Post. “He was just talking about his ass. Obviously he supports the army and means nothing by that.
New York Post