You could have just stopped at the first one, Tom.
Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took some mild heat a few weeks ago when it was revealed that his agency filed to trademark "TB x TB" on the same day he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.
But if you think that's cringe-worthy, check out the two trademarks Brady's business arm filed for this week, according to trademark lawyer Josh Gerben:
Tom Brady's company (TEB Capital Management) has filed 2 new trademarks for:— Josh Gerben (@JoshGerben) April 10, 2020
1. TOMPA BAY
2. TAMPA BRADY
The filings, made on April 6th, indicate Brady intends to sell clothing, headwear and footwear using the trademarks.
My full breakdown 👇#TomBrady #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/QZxK6LFB2Z
"Tompa Bay" and "Tampa Brady"? Woof.
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According to The Action Network's Darren Rovell, Brady intends to put these hideous slogans on clothing.
Tom Brady's company has filed for two new trademark applications: TOMPA BAY & TAMPA BRADY. He intends to use the phrases on clothing and other merchandise. Filing first uncovered by @JoshGerben. The @dpshow has been selling TOMPA BAY shirts. pic.twitter.com/QzQM7FvDEq— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 10, 2020
A brief defense of Brady: 1) TEB Capital Management filed the trademark, so there's a good chance the QB has nothing to do with this; 2) Brady once claimed he filed a trademark because he didn't like it and wanted to prevent others from using it, so that could be what's happening here (despite Rovell's reporting).
Either way, Brady is cracking jokes about the trademarks by wondering why New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn't taken advantage of his name by making bad puns:
I never understood why Drew wasn’t making Drew Orleans shirts...🤔 https://t.co/Hncywcielw— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 10, 2020
What everyone can agree on? "Tompa Bay" and "Tampa Brady" are not good. Not one bit.
April 10, 2020
THE WHEELS HAVE COME OFF https://t.co/DiFJj3JEsK— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 10, 2020
TOMPA sounds like a rejected Pokémon https://t.co/IB4pk9PIoI— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) April 10, 2020
Tompa Bay is the stupidest thing I've ever seen https://t.co/7gDwtpSiYH— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) April 10, 2020
Please let this be the @TheOnion https://t.co/f4ywIFPlaH— Dave Preston (@davpresto) April 10, 2020
Brady’s Agent: Tomassee Titans?— Ches Allen (@ChesAllenPDX) April 10, 2020
BA: Toms Angelas Chargers?
BA: Miami Tomphins?
BA: Tompa Bay?
Brady: *snaps fingers* THAT’s where I’m going. https://t.co/BwWFNxQ4AC
i am 100% serious when i say that he should be banned from the hall of fame for this https://t.co/nvKEMhbJdo— Quick Lane Bowl Champs (@ALTscoe) April 10, 2020
That's just a small sampling.
Terrible trademarks aside, Brady is still a very popular guy in
Tompa Tampa: His No. 12 jersey is selling in record numbers at the Bucs' team store, while 2020 season tickets also have seen a huge spike in demand.