Tom Brady’s agent is in spin mode.
Two days after the Patriots quarterback’s wife Gisele Bundchen told CBS that Brady had a concussion during the 2016 season and indicated he’s had past concussions, Brady’s agent Don Yee tried to alter the narrative after questions were asked about why Brady was never listed as having a concussion on an injury report.
“Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year,” Yee told ESPN. “Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it’s obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health.”
It’s worth noting Yee said Brady wasn’t “diagnosed” rather than saying Brady did not have a concussion.
This is what Bundchen said on CBS This Morning on Wednesday when Charlie Rose brought up that Brady said Bundchen would like her husband to retire, while Brady plans on playing as long as he feels physically able, which he believes could be quite a while longer.
“He had a concussion last year. I mean, he has concussions pretty much — I mean, we don’t talk about (it), but he does have concussions,” Bundchen said.
The comments raised eyebrows given the spotlight on concussion symptoms, treatment and prevention, and the link with concussions to CTE. The Boston Herald had reported that Brady hadn’t been listed as having a concussion on any injury report dating back to 2003.
The NFL released a statement on Wednesday after Bundchen’s comments.
“We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office.
“There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.”