Tom Brady blasts media for taking Netflix cameo out of context as shot at Robert Kraft

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Tom Brady blasts media for taking Netflix cameo out of context as shot at Robert Kraft

An angry Tom Brady stood at his locker Saturday and answered questions about his appearance in a Netflix comedy series that many took to be a veiled shot at Patriots owner Robert Kraft's arrest at a Florida massage parlor.

The Patriots quarterback said the scene in the series "Living With Yourself" with Paul Rudd is being misunderstood and misconstrued by the "blame and shame media culture."

When asked by a reporter about the connection to the Robert Kraft case and, what was he thinking by filming the scene, Brady answered:

"That's not what it was about. I think that was taken out of context, just like you're taking it out of context. You're trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don't appreciate.

"It was meant to be something different than that. The fact that it's a distraction or that your bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about."

Here's part of the exchange: 

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Source: Tom Brady would 'never do anything to disparage' Robert Kraft

Source: Tom Brady would 'never do anything to disparage' Robert Kraft

FOXBORO – Since Tom Brady’s eye-opening cameo in Paul Rudd’s “Living With Yourself” appeared Friday night, speculation flew that Brady being shown exiting a “Top Happy Spa” may have been a dig at Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s ongoing legal travails.

A source close to Brady on Saturday morning said that was absolutely not the aim.

The “relationship with [Robert Kraft] has been, is and will always be great,” the source maintained, adding that Brady “would never do anything to disparage him. EVER.”

Brady and Kraft “have spent 20 incredible years together,” the source continued. “The cameo was done as a favor, was agreed to a year ago, was written four years ago, was a parody on cloning genes in a laboratory and was filmed on a green screen.”

A source also told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that Brady “didn’t realize that the scene would be a direct or indirect reference to the ongoing legal entanglements of Patriots owner Robert Kraft.” 

The show’s creator, Timothy Greenberg, said at a press junket that filming of Brady’s scene came after the season and Kraft’s being charged for soliciting in Florida. Greenberg was concerned that would cause Brady to pull out of the project.

Greenberg obviously expected the public to make the link it has. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have had trepidation that Brady might bail.

He didn’t and that’s great news for him, Rudd and the people at Netflix who are all enjoying the bump Brady’s presence can bring to a project.

Brady, though, might be wondering if the bump was worth the headache.

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Tom Brady cameo in Netflix comedy series has him leaving strip mall spa

Tom Brady cameo in Netflix comedy series has him leaving strip mall spa

Tom Brady's interesting cameo in the recently released Netflix comedy series "Living With Yourself" features the Patriots quarterback emerging from a spa at a strip mall. 

He spots the character played by Paul Rudd in the parking lot and asks him, "First time?"

“Uh-huh, you?” the Rudd character asks.

“Sixth,” Brady says, which happens to be the number of Super Bowls he's won.

Here's the scene, via the Twitter feed of 98.5 The SportsHub's Jim Murray:

Show creator Timothy Greenberg told refinery29 that it was more than four years ago when he scripted the scene, which is part of a plot where the Rudd character visits the "Top Happy Spa" to clone the best possible version of himself, and, after Patriots owner Robert Kraft's arrest at a Florida strip mall spa in late February, he assumed Brady wouldn't want to do the scene.

From the refinery29 story:

During this waiting period [to shoot the scene], news also broke that had [Greenberg] convinced they were going to lose Brady. In [2019], Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting a sex worker at a day spa in a strip mall “that looked almost exactly like what we were shooting. Like, I would have used it as a reference photo,” Greenberg admits. “So we’re like, ‘Alright, this is clearly not going to happen now.’”

In the end, it did. After the Patriots won [Super Bowl LII], Greenberg, Rudd, and the crew headed up to Boston to shoot the cameo in a parking lot.

 

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Brady didn’t realize that the scene would be a direct or indirect reference to Kraft's case.

Brady will undoubtedly be asked about the cameo at his media availability in Foxboro this afternoon.

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