FOXBORO — Tom Brady took an aggressive approach in answering questions about his cameo in Paul Rudd’s “Living With Yourself”. Brady faced a barrage of questions about the appearance Saturday after Patriots practice, firing back criticizing the media for taking the scene out of context. Alex Barth reports from Gillette.
Here’s the transcript from Brady’s conversation with the media on Saturday:
Q: Some of these guys may want to talk about football, but I want to ask you about this video that’s making the rounds on Twitter. Walking out of a massage parlor with a big grin on your face. What were you thinking?
TB: That’s not what that was about. I think that was taken out of context, just like you’re taking it out of context and trying to make 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, so the fact that it’s a distraction or you’re bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about.
Q: USA Today says, “Patriots QB Tom Brady spoofs Robert Kraft with a cameo at a massage parlor,” so it’s not just me.
TB: I think it’s just, again, I think it’s this type of media atmosphere that you create – the blame and shame media atmosphere that’s kind of percolated for a while. I think there’s a lot of things that are said that are taken out of context, that you choose to make a headline of as opposed to understand what it’s actually about. Have you seen it?
Q: I understand the background of it and I understand the context. Yes, I have.
TB: You’ve seen it, and that’s what it was about?
Q: No, I know that it wasn’t.
TB: OK, so it wasn’t about that. Except you want to try to use something and use it to take it out of context. Is that what you choose to do in the media? That’s what you tried to do.
Q: If you shot it in the last year, wouldn’t you know it might be construed that way?
TB: No. It was shot on a green screen. It was agreed to a year ago. It was written four years ago. I think it’s unfortunate that people would choose to think I would ever do something like that about Mr. Kraft. I think that’s just a very bad assessment of my relationship with him. I would never do that.
Q: Since it came out, have you explained that to him?
TB: No, I think everybody knows what our relationship is about. For 20 years, it’s nothing but love and respect. [I’ve] been through a lot of tough things with him and I love him dearly. I sympathize with a lot of things that he’s gone through in his life. So, I empathize with a lot of people that get taken advantage of and used, and understand that that’s just part of what we’re living in, and that’s what it’s about. Does anyone else have any questions?
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