Tampa, Florida (AFP) – Tom Brady on Thursday apologized for comparing football to a military deployment, a comment the player made in his podcast during an interview with NBA star Kevin Durant.
“I chose my words wrong,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback said when apologizing for what he said on the SiriusXM podcast, “Let’s Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray”
On the webcast, the seven-time Super Bowl winner discussed with Durant how difficult it is to balance his commitment as a highly successful athlete with his life outside the game.
Brady admitted: “This week I made a comment about playing football and joining the army, and I chose my words poorly. I just want to express that on any opinion people might have, I apologize.”
Durant was a guest on the podcast on Monday.
“I almost look at football season like you’re sent on a military mission and it’s like, ‘Here we go. “There is only one way to do it… The truth is that you can only be true to yourself, right?
“When you say, ‘I’d like to spend more time doing this,’ at the end of the day your competitive edge outweighs you, and even though you want to strike that balance with work, you end up doing what you always do, which is why you are who you are. Brady added. “You will ask yourself, How do I do that?”
On Thursday, the quarterback was asked to explain his comment on the podcast.
To be honest, I don’t really want to dwell on it too much…I have a huge gratitude to everyone who served,” Brady said.
“In the end, we play sports and the army defends our country,” he said. “They are two different things and I should not compare.”
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