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Tom Brady calls first career unsportsmanlike penalty ‘comical’: ‘Are you kidding me?’

  • January 26, 2022

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has had an admitted tendency over the years to lash out at officials. 

In the second quarter of Tampa’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional playoff round, Brady again went at the officials when he felt Rams linebacker Von Miller should have called for roughing the passer.

Brady instead was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and referee Shawn Hochuli said the seven-time Super Bowl champion used abusive language toward him. It was the first time Brady has been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in his storied 22-year career. 

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Brady disagreed with Hochuli’s assessment of the play. 

“If I feel like they miss a call, I want to let the guy know,” Brady said on the Let’s Go! podcast. “And I’ve done that literally a thousand times over the course of my career and never got called. In this instance, before I could realize it, the flag was thrown. And I was looking at the guy like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I didn’t cuss, I didn’t do any of those things.”

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