Tom Brady Denies Netflix Cameo Is a Dig at Robert Kraft

The quarterback says the scene is being taken "out of context"

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the New York Giants in the game at Gillette Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the New York Giants in the game at Gillette Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / October 20, 2019 7:53 am

Tom Brady has denied that his cameo in Netflix’s Paul Rudd series Living With Yourself is poking fun at Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The quarterback is seen leaving the “Top Happy Spa” in a strip mall in the show, asking Rudd’s character if it’s his first time there before revealing it’s his sixth — a reference to the number of Super Bowls he’s won.

The clip has raised eyebrows over the spa’s apparent similarity to the strip mall massage parlor Kraft was allegedly busted at in Florida and charged with soliciting prostitution. (Kraft pleaded not guilty, and his case is ongoing.) But Brady told ESPN that the scene is being taken “out of context.”

“That’s not what that was about,” he said. “I think that was taken out of context, just like you’re taking it out of context and 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 it’s a distraction or you’re bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about.”

The Patriots quarterback said he would never take a dig at his boss, adding that he has not spoken to Kraft about the cameo and blaming the media for misinterpreting the scene. “I think it is again, I think it is this type of media atmosphere that you create,” he said. “The blame, shame media atmosphere that has kind of percolated for a while. I think there are a lot of things that are said that are taken out of context that [the media] chooses to make a headline out of, as opposed to understanding what it is actually about.”

“It was shot on a green screen,” Brady continued. “It was agreed to a year ago. It was written four years ago. I think again, it’s unfortunate that people would choose to think I would do something like that about Mr. Kraft. I think that is a very bad assessment of my relationship with him. I would never do that.”

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