Tom Brady was perplexed by his season-ending fine for tripping: ‘Didn’t even happen

Tom Brady is attempting to determine why the NFL is fining him for something that did not occur.

During the most recent episode of his SiriusXM “Let’s Go” podcast, the Buccaneers quarterback revealed that he has already appealed his $16,444 fine for attempting to tackle Cowboys cornerback Malik Hooker on a fumble return during Tampa Bay’s season-ending wild-card loss.

“I’m somewhat disappointed,” Brady remarked. “I missed him when I attempted to tackle him with my right shoulder.” And I was unwilling to extend my arm, so I attempted to place him on the ground. I attempted to place him on the ground but failed. Completely! I didn’t even punch him. I attempted to trip him, but I failed!

“Therefore, I do not understand how you could be penalized for something that never occurred. Are they pursuing a goal? It’s like targeting, only you missed the target yet they still refer to it as targeting. I must determine and comprehend why this is the case. I wish our NFLPA was stronger because of this.”

Tom Brady is appealing a fine for attempting to trip Dallas Cowboys defender Malik Hooker after a fumble recovery in the Buccaneers’ playoff-ending loss.

Prior to that in the interview, the quarterback uttered several F-bombs when his co-host, Jim Gray, challenged him about his playing future and added, “You’re leaving everyone guessing.”

Brady stated, “If I had known what I was going to do, I would have already done it.” “I’m taking it a day at a time.”

Gray said, with a chuckle, “I sense you’re irritated by the question.”

Tom Brady will lead the Buccaneers against the Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card playoff game on January 16, 2023 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Tom Brady walks off the field after the Buccaneers’ loss to the Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023.

Since his 23rd season concluded last week, Brady explained that he has spent time with his family.

“I did a lot of things with my kids and family, as most football players probably do at the end of a long season,” Brady explained. “There is considerable decompression. There is a significant crash-landing element to all of this, and after doing this for as long as I have, there is no soft landing either. It concludes and concludes. As much as you’d like things to be a little softer on the way out, the reality is that this is not the case.

In August, when he turns 46, Brady will be a free agent for the second time in his career. The quarterback, who has been connected to the Dolphins, Raiders, Titans, and 49ers, might return to Tampa Bay for a 24th NFL season, take his talents somewhere, or retire for forever.

Multiple unidentified Buccaneers players stated earlier this week that they do not expect Brady to return to Tampa Bay for a fourth season if he continues to play.