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Tom Brady makes his highly anticipated return from suspension on Sunday, when the Patriots take on the winless Browns in Cleveland.
Technically, Brady’s suspension ended at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, meaning that this whole week Brady should be facing the media, who no doubt want to hear from him. (“Tom, how was Italy?“)
And yet aside from an uninteresting interview he gave with Jim Gray of Westwood One earlier in the week, Brady has remained suspiciously quiet. On Wednesday, he skipped his mandatory media session and instead had Rob Gronkowski go before the media.
As Yahoo explained, Brady isn’t expected to face the media until after the game on Sunday. What’s more, this media blackout is perfectly legal, thanks to a roster loophole that Bill Belichick has, unsurprisingly, exploited to his advantage.
“Brady currently isn’t on the roster yet, as the league has granted them an exemption – the Patriots don’t have to add him (or Rob Ninkovich, who also was suspended) officially until Saturday. There’s no media access that day as the Patriots will be traveling to Cleveland.”
Now, one could reasonably infer that Brady’s media blackout is a shot at the NFL from Belichick and the Patriots. Considering the imbroglio that was Deflategate, that’s certainly possible.
But Brady probably just doesn’t want to speak until he has football to talk about, and since Belichick knows every loophole possible, he’s figured out a way to keep him quiet.