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 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. Ron Beckett

    Lesson,never joke around to a reporter.

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

    This has to be the stupidest article CNN has wrote this week.

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

      So is this post

      September 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    And foxborough is the only stadium where people drink.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    Hey Bansay, whoever pays any attention to any of the things posted on these forums? I mean if that happened maybe the world would be a better place to live. Maybe we would have more "bad potato" jokes to laugh about.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Pats are about to get Charged on. Party up Brady, we want you nice and hung over when you get stomped!

    September 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper,Ga

      obviously you started a lot earlier than most if you think the Chargers have even the slightest chance of winning in Foxborough this coming weekend.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Timmytown

    I have good friend who is married to a P.R. person.....not the brightest bulb on the x-mas tree.
    Do they really think the public is that stupid?

    September 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      Apparently, they do.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sharky

    Sure sure "water" *wink wink*

    September 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. reality

    I know I'll be drinking water for the games this weekend...with a good amount of barley and hops mixed in with a touch of yeast and aged to perfection, filtered and carbonated. I hope everyone else does too so that they stay hydrated.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. peopleamazeme

    I can't believe this comment went from local Boston news all the way to CNN, seriously it's a comment. Newscasters and reporters definitely need to focus on the real issues in this world rather than Brady commenting to his fans to have a good time at the game. Everyone acts like this is the first time people are ever tailgating or going to have a drink at a game........................and we wonder why are world is so messed up we focus on the stupid things in the news instead of REAL NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper,Ga

      "are world" ? I don't wonder at all when I see the intellect of a lot of the people posting comments.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RSVP

    The Patriots PR's completely unneccesary knee jerk reaction made Tommie's "nothing, nothing" into "something something".

    September 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matty2Shoes

    I guess it's saying something that the biggest blemish on Brady's record after 10+ years in the league is that some P.R. hack decided that what he said was a little too racy. I'm guessing the next time he passes the guy in the hall, he crushes him against the wall with a bruatl body block. (I'd like to think that Brady is a man's man and is totally embarrassed by this incident....not what he said but by how some P.R. weenie reacted to it) I'm also guessing Belichick told the P.R. weenie to eff off as he passed him in the hall. Then he patted Tom on the back and said "way to go champ" becasue their both men's men.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Kelly

    Come on folks, this is funny. Laugh a little.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. conradshull


    September 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JC

    I don't like Tom Brady, but this was pretty funny of him. And come on anyone who thinks Brady's comment was bad is just a complete square.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cuso

    Here in Philly 8:30am is late to start drinking at an Eagles game.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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