Tom Brady is trying to figure out why he’s being fined by the NFL for something that didn’t happen.
During the latest installment of his SiriusXM “Let’s Go” podcast, the Buccaneers quarterback said he’s already appealed his $16,444 fine for attempting to trip Cowboys safety Malik Hooker on a fumble return in Tampa Bay’s season-ending wild-card loss.
“I’m a little disappointed though,” Brady said. “I tried to tackle him with my right shoulder and missed him. And I wasn’t going to try to stick my arm out, so I was trying to get him on the ground. I tried to get him on the ground and I missed him. Completely! I didn’t even hit him. I tried to trip him, but I didn’t!
“So I don’t know how you can get fined for something that didn’t even happen. Are they fining an intention? It’s like targeting and you missed the person you hit and they still call it targeting. I gotta figure out and understand why this is the case. This is why I wish our NFLPA was stronger.”
Prior to that in the interview, the quarterback dropped a few F-bombs when his co-host, Jim Gray, said “you’re leaving everyone guessing” and asked about his playing future.
“Jim, if I knew what I was going to f–king do, I would have already f–king done it,” Brady said. “I’m taking it a day at a time.”
The two shared a laugh as Gray added, “I sense you’re antagonized by the question.”
Brady went on to explain that he’s spent time with his family since his 23rd season ended last week.
“I did a lot of things with my kids and family, trying to get caught up like most probably football players do at the end of a long season,” Brady said. “There’s a lot of decompression. I know we use that word a lot, but there is a real crash-landing element to all of this and doing it for as long as I have, there’s no soft landing either. It ends and it’s over. As much as you’d love for something to be a little softer on the way out, it’s just not the reality.”
Brady, who turns 46 in August, is a free agent for the second time in his career. The quarterback — who’s been linked to Dolphins, Raiders, Titans, and 49ers — could return to Tampa for a 24th NFL season, take his talents to another team or retire for good.
Earlier this week, multiple anonymous Buccaneers players expressed that they don’t believe Brady will return to Tampa Bay for a fourth season if he continues to play.