Tom Brady's f-bomb during the New England Patriots' Week 13 clash against the Green Bay Packers has led to complaints from a number of disgruntled parents, the Smoking Gun has revealed today.
The veteran quarterback, unaware that his actions were being caught on camera, had uttered the curse word from the sidelines as the Packers secured a game-winning first down late in the fourth quarter.
The QB argued it was the TV networks who should be held accountable for beaming his x-rated outburst across America, and now CBS (who aired the game) have indeed come in for criticism for their actions.
At least three complaints have been filed to the Federal Communications Commission, arguing the airing of Brady's swear-laden rant was irresponsible and unnecessary - even with the audio muted by the network.
One grandmother from Pennsylvania noted how Brady's outburst was condemned by her grandson:
"My eight year old grandson was watching the game with me and even commented that he should not have said that," she wrote, adding "“I understand the first time it happened that the camera man would not have expected that but to keep the camera on Tom Brady as he kept yelling was uncalled for."
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A parent from Indianapolis took issue with the reckless action of CBS arguing; "(Our) six year old children know how to read lips even if there is no sound," before condemning the broadcaster for returning to Brady more than once to show the quarterback "screaming the F word on national TV."
A further criticism noted the unprofessional actions of the network who clearly knew Brady was about to unleash the expletives.
Perhaps it was ill-advised for the network to return to Brady knowing he was in the midst of a swearing rampage, but, in reality, it is a miracle televised games do not see more of these incidents considering the intense nature of the game.
We are willing to put good money on the fact that hundreds of players across the league join Tom Brady in dropping an F-bomb or two during game day. Unfortunately parents may just have to get used to this fact.
Replaying such events with a close up on the individual ala Tom Brady is though probably not the way to go for TV networks.