Tom Brady sides with NFL officials on Cam Newton head hunting

It seems Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton isn’t getting much love from Tom Brady over the recent head hunting incident in Denver. One would assume Brady, being a NFL quarterback himself, would feel compelled to side with Newton. Apparently, Tom doesn’t see it that way.

Brady recently spoke to esquire magazine about the hits to Cam Newton’s head.

“I don’t know, man. Whatever they call, they call. You can’t change it. You just got to live with it. The last person I have ever criticized is an official. They have a tough job to do. Things are happening so quick. In the age of television, 5,000 frame per millisecond now, you can see everything and get overly negative and critical of everything. Hopefully that never determines the outcome of what a game would be. Hopefully it balances out over the course of the season.”

Wait a minute. The last person Brady has ever criticized is an official? The same Tom Brady that cries to officials at least six times per game?

The same Tom Brady that refused to shake Cam Newton’s hand after his 2013 loss in Carolina? If you remember, Brady was not available to shake Newton’s hand. Instead, he chose to follow the NFL officials into the Bank of America Stadium tunnels, loudly criticizing their call along the way. That Tom Brady?

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Of course, Tom Brady has no real reason to concern himself over the flagrant head hunting of Cam Newton. He himself is in no real danger of being the subject of such actions. If Tom Brady received the same treatment by the Denver Broncos as Cam Newton did, at least two Broncos players would be currently suspended from the league.

Sure, it would have been big of him to stick up for a fellow NFL quarterback even though it meant no personal gain for himself. But that isn’t Tom Brady.


Jeremy Igo is owner of Carolina Huddle. Based in Charlotte, he has covered the Carolina Panthers for over a decade.