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. noemi

    Who cares its a game and everyone well drink beer,water soda whatever.unless ur in alaska 60 is not at all hot.what an idiot just have a beer and get over it.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmazingLarry

      I've always thought someone should come up with a beer named "Responsibly". Would make for a great commercial.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark G

      ...and the winner is...........AmazingLarry!


      September 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    I'm thrilled! Actually televised here.

    GO PATS!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cpc65

    I'm sure the concessions owners, local liquor stores and bars are grateful for that "clarification". Toss me another Poland Springs, dude! Go Pats!

    September 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Suncatcher

    I'm still laughing at the edited version. Isn't beer made with (lots of) water? Hydrate, Patriot fans! Hydrate!

    September 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MadCityBabe

    jezus christ! I know what he meant.............sanitizing it dont mean sh__t

    September 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. zippy

    yeah, what this means is PR is just a lie in place of a truth

    September 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. humtake

    I can't stand Brady. I can't stand the Patriots. But in this situation, I wish Brady were allowed to take the team spokesperson and tie him up to a goalpost and have target practice before the game. This has got to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard one of them come out and say. Brady didn't mean water. Why would he say that about water? Why is it a bad thing to tell people to have a good time?

    September 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lcleejr1356

    fans know what he means, brady forgot how stupid some people get after they have had a few beers. the patriot management had to try to change what brady said because of possible lawsuits.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Guest

    The correction might actually be funnier than Brady's initial comments. It's not like they weren't transparent, seems like the Pats brass was just trying to avoid a potential legal situation lest "Tom Brady told me to" become a legal defense.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    We have become way too uptight and pc as a society. Brady-you're the man! He meant it to be funny and anyone who reads further into it really needs to lighten up.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. liz

    What happened to freedom of speech!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      What happened to some Responsibility!1 and being mature.. freedom can only be great when balanced by responsibility..

      September 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Logic

    That water shipped out of Wisconsin is ok, but I prefer the Canadian blends...

    September 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    Good one dude, keep pushing Alcohol and drunkenness . And maybe it will be your BMW that gets smashed by a drunkin driver!! Dumb and Dumber!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      lighten up dude

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

    Seriously?!? Political Correctness has officially taken Freedom of Speech's balls and placed them in a jar on the shelf.
    I can't stand it.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BostonDude

    I wonder if Michael Vick said the same thing if it would have been accepted as just a funny comment as it was when Brady said it?

    September 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      No, it wouldn't have, Brady has won multiple superbowls and has a clean reputation off the field. Is that fair, probably not, but life isn't fair. Winners get by with more, that's life!

      September 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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