Tom Brady wants fans to drink up (water, of course)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is curiously concerned about your hydration.
September 16th, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Tom Brady wants fans to drink up (water, of course)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wants his team’s fans to do some drinking so they can get sufficiently riled up for Sunday’s home opener.

And by drinking, he means the stuff you get from your kitchen faucet, his team helpfully adds.

Brady, addressing reporters Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, was asked whether he had a message for fans.

“Yeah, start drinking early,” he said, drawing chuckles from the reporters. “Get nice and rowdy. (It's a) 4:15 (p.m.) game, they have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for their home team.” (Video from CNN affiliate WCVB)

About an hour later, according to multiple media reports, a team spokesman stepped in to clarify what Brady really meant to say: He wants fans to “stay hydrated, drink a lot of water, be loud, drink responsibly."

Clearly, Brady was concerned about fans’ hydration, with game-day temperatures in Foxborough, Massachusetts, expected to be scorching in the upper 60s.

The Patriots’ audible does come amid fresh memories of fan rowdiness and violence. Last month, for instance, two shootings and a beating followed a preseason football game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

Closer to home, drinking at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium “during Patriots games and concerts has been a concern for neighboring towns,” the New York Post reported. This year, according to the Post, Foxborough instituted a $200 fine for drinking in public.

But the edit didn’t sit right with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, who addressed it on his radio show Thursday afternoon.

“The NFL has billions of dollars worth of ads – and so do we, during our broadcasts – of beer,” Van Pelt said. “There’s signage all over the stadium about beer. Only after Brady said that – less than an hour after, in fact – the PR of the Patriots puts out a statement which says, ‘He meant to say, (drink water).’

“No, he didn’t. That’s not what he meant. He meant what he said, which was, ‘Come out, have a few, get loud, and if you’re hammered, you’re hammered.’ I mean, I’m embellishing, but he didn’t say 'drink water and stay hydrated.'

“I pity anyone whose job it is to have a cleanup on aisle 3 when there’s no need for a cleanup,” Van Pelt added. “What Brady said was funny. Everyone knew what he meant. What he didn’t mean was drink water.”

NFL player Dominic Raiola wasn’t impressed with any controversy over Brady’s comments. The center for the Detroit Lions, who host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at 1 p.m., told Michigan news outlet MLive.com that he was fine with Brady’s comments.

"Hell, yeah," Raiola said. "(The Patriots) have a 4:15 p.m. game, right? Maybe Detroit should get started about 8:30 a.m."

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  1. BOND, JAMES

    Unspactaculer, boring, banasy, you there? thoughts?

    September 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. keef

    what's the big deal? people get drunk at games who cares?

    September 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. scott

    most people go to the game and get lubed up and cheered and have a great time we have no control over the people that over due it tom can not hold everyones hands

    September 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ksuflash

    What a worthless story...

    September 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blob

    he loves lube. astro glide lube.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matty2Shoes

      I prefer Eros or Swiss Navy. Better thickness and stays slick longer.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Hi, Bond, James, whoever you are.
    (Like my opinion means diddly squat! 🙂 )
    Of *course* he meant to get liquored up...trying to spin it any other way is absolutely ridiculous...
    I *have* to drink some to get ready for my beloved team-DA BEARS.
    Nah, I'm kidding...sort of.
    But the bartender at the V.I.P. Lounge make a mean bloody mary!
    Shout out to Miss Chris!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert Posey

    I sure Brady wants the fans to stay hydrated too, you can not yell if you are sick.
    I suggest
    Beer, Cup of water, Beer, water, repeat until Tom's hair looks good:)

    September 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. witerok

    you can't even fart these days without somebody being offended or wanting an apology!

    September 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaximumHydration

      Ain't that the truth! Too many politcally correct whiners in this country. They need to loosen up and get hydrated just like Tom suggested. Life would be so much better.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ChristoInferno

    Every time a "controversy" like this happens, there's one thing that the media always neglect to mention: WHO IS COMPLAINING? Seriously, who was shocked and offended? Did the Patriots get angry phone calls and emails? Then say so. Did your news outlet get angry phone calls and emails? Then say that.

    Unless they fill us in, I'm going to continue believing that 0.04% of the American public was actually upset about this. But some reporter or editor thought, "Hey, someone might be offended by that, so I'll say 'Brady offended some,' and then call the Patriots to get a comment/retraction for my made-up story."

    September 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony Gerards (Uncovering the Truth)

    this just in ; tom brady is a type 5 alien – hybrid with reptillian parents from which part of his genetic stock was taken from , also obama is a reptiod-reptillian hybrid and he has slits for pupils that sometimes flash themselves on various occassions....... "Strange u may say" "why do u think his head is shaped like a light-bulb with big ears" ??????? "because he is a type 5 / reptoid hybrid alien that the aliens with the super/elite have integrated into our society to infiltrate our government for the progression into the New World Order ...... Visit us at truth-seekers.Org on the web........

    September 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chemicalbank

    Leaving aside the issue of the appropriateness of Brady's remark, the 'team spokesman' is lame.

    No, that's not what I meant. What I meant was, "...incredibly lame, lame beyond belief, so lame it defies the imagination."

    September 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matty2Shoes

      LOL Seriously. Don't you think somebody with a brain would have said to the head of P.R. "Look, if you make me go out and say that, we're going to look like A-Wipes and this is not going to look good on my resume. For chrissakes, it sounds so weasel like boss, that I just can't do it" You think someone with some sense and a set of balls would have mentioned that to the clown that decided they had to get a statement out immediately.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ohbrother

    The thing that bothers me more than anything Brady said is the retard who thought the rest of America is so stupid as to believe their BS about it being a comment about water.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Oops, can use the word "retard". You're offending the "intellectually deficient" 🙁

      September 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hojo

    Here's the thing, the NFL and the Patriots would lose TONS of money if their fans didn't get hammered during the games. What a bunch of sissies. Further proof the league is trying to baby proof all the corners of the league.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    This made me laugh.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kamran

    Get a life! He said what he said and there's nothin wrong with it! Nowadays you have to watch every single word tha comes out of your mouth, why?, cause some a hole get's "hurt"

    September 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
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