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. Mark

    Just another example of the wussified NFL today.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • letmeout

      I agree, they will ruin this game sooner or later.

      September 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stinky McGee

    All you high-and-mighty self-righteous goons need to chill out. You think cus this guy said something its really going to incite a mass drunken tailgater before the game? I mean, a bigger one than ordinary?

    September 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rubberband

      Right on.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • letmeout


      September 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Southerner

    That does it, from now on, I shall refer to drinking beer as Tom Brady hydrating!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john edwards

    what a candy ass spin job

    September 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. barney fife

    I'm not a Brady fan, But I do like him a little more after this. If he was in Green Bay, we would have been upset about leaving out the brats. The NFL needs to chill out. It was no big deal.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reason & Logic

    Now we all know that Brady hasn't matured as an adult. Thanks Tom.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Huh? How so?

      September 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MainerTypeGuy

    The best part about Gillette Stadium is by the time you get out of the parking lot your blood alcohol is back down to legal limits.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    Political correct BS once again rears it's ugly head. This is just silly.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lancer

    Scientifically speaking, water is the most effective multi-facited lubricant in nature. So, Brady, having earned a degree from the University of Michigan ( a school of the highest rated scholastic achievement point level ) tapped into this knowledge and was fully aware of this fact. It is clear he was truly referring to water. Typical media making a story out of nothing to entertain the masses.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    I've never heard of getting "lubed up" on water. I call horse crap.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheLostSurveyor

    Lord! It was a lighthearted, off the cuff comment. There are obviously a lot of folks out there that need to get a life. All this to do over his comment is just ridiculous.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joseph E. Brown


    September 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. duckz86

    I don't always go to Patriots games, but when I do, I drink...water. Stay thirsty, my friends.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SusanBarwick

    Clearly, Brady was concerned about fans’ hydration, with game-day temperatures in Foxborough, Massachusetts, expected to be scorching in the upper 60s.....ROFLlllllllling We all know it is a major beer day at the least.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tat2dguysarehot

    Patriots my second favorite team. Go saints!

    September 17, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • tif31

      Saints are going to take the downhill slide this year. Defenses know all they have to do is hit brees a couple times and thats all she wrote.

      September 18, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
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