Back in April, the Boston Globe ran a story revealing that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had been diverting funds from Best Buddies International, a non-profit he supports, to his own charitable trust and to personal “causes” like his high school and college alma maters.
The exposé wasn’t Earth-shattering (obviously, based on the national reaction, the offense wasn’t as serious as deflating footballs), but it caused a bit of a stir, especially in the Boston area.
Well six weeks have passed, and Brady has not forgotten.
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- Jamie Erdahl handles S-bomb from FAU’s Johnell Davis like a pro
In past years, the Globe has been invited to attend the game and to photograph Brady tossing TD passes to his celebrity friends. Not this year. Friday, a Globe photographer showed up at Harvard Stadium and was told he was not allowed into the event. He was then ordered to “leave immediately” and a security officer was summoned and the photographer was escorted to his car.
Attempts to contact a representative for Best Buddies were unsuccessful Friday.
This wasn’t just about keeping out media. The Boston Herald has a nice photo slideshow from the event. It was the Globe, specifically, that was stopped at the door.
While you can see why Brady wouldn’t want to invite the Globe to a Best Buddies event, of all things, maybe TB12 should just take this L and move on. He’s going to have a hard time keeping the biggest newspaper in the region entirely out of his life.
It could be interesting to see how Brady deals with the Globe’s NFL reporters moving forward. It wasn’t Patriots beat writers who uncovered the dishonesty around Best Buddies—it was investigative reporter Bob Hohler—but Brady might hold some resentment toward the paper in general. For the sake of the Globe reporters who cover the Patriots day to day, let’s hope he can put that aside.