Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady had a concussion last year

May 18, 2017, 00:15
Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady had a concussion last year

Gisele Bundchen's remarks on "CBS This Morning" that her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, had a concussion in 2016 and has had others have sparked a conversation on a hot-button topic that has multiple layers. Bundchen said. "Football, like he had a concussion previous year, I mean he has concussions pretty much every - you know, we don't talk about it but he does have concussions".

Brady, who turns 40 on August 3 and has said he wants to play well into his 40s, was not listed on any injury report previous year with a concussion.

Bundchen added that she doesn't "really think [football] is a healthy thing for the body to go through".

The Patriots declined to comment on the report.

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Bundchen's statement stirred up controversy in the sports world since the five-time Super Bowl victor, 39, has not been listed on the Patriots' injury report for a concussion since 2003.

The conversation about the subject is getting louder in the United States too, as National Football League players' experience with concussive injuries receives more publicity now that people are more aware of the long-term harm that exists.

"He had a concussion past year", Bündchen said.

One of the biggest concerns about concussions among professional sportspeople is that we so often see the competitive drive of athletes give them the impression that they are able to play through any injury. So I want him to be happy and fulfilled'.

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Bundchen was responding to a question about comments Brady has made that she wanted him to retire. He missed New England's first four games of the regular season when he served his suspension for Deflategate. That can not be healthy for you, right? "And I said, 'Too bad, babe, I'm having too much fun right now'".

In his ESPN interview, Brady acknowledged that his wife would play a role in his decision to eventually retire.

"She makes decisions for our family that I've got to deal with".

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