A popular football player has admitted to a crime.
No, O.J. Simpson did not confess to the murders of his ex-wife and her friend. But this could rank right up there.
Earlier today, Tom Brady was telling the media in Indianapolis how he ended up back in the Super Bowl, and in recounting some of the events from the Patriots offseason in 2011, he let this slip:
“Last year, I was rehabbing my foot in Costa Rica watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl website and now I’m actually playing in the game, so it’s pretty cool.”
You read right: The three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback who, combined with his supermodel wife’s payroll, may have all the money in the world to hire every previous Patriots starting quarterback from Babe Parilli to Drew Bledsoe to be his personal servants, decided not to pursue a legal feed of Super Bowl XLV (in which the Packers defeated the Steelers) – let alone buy a Slingbox – and proceeded to watch an unauthorized stream of the big game.
Gee, Tom, what are you going to do for an encore? Engage in retransmissions of your first three Super Bowls without expressed written consent from the NFL?
By the way – the NFL supports that SOPA thing you’ve been hearing about in recent weeks – you know, the online piracy act that turned Wikipedia dark for a full day in order to raise awareness of the bill’s existence? Why not just wheel Tom Brady out before one of New England’s playoff games to announce to the world that he watched a pirated Super Bowl stream? He would be the poster boy for the SOPA movement. And given the nature of the activity, it probably wouldn’t be big enough to trump his legacy, like, say, a football coach in Pennsylvania (not to compare the two, of course). But Brady would look good getting people interested in SOPA.
Not a moment too soon, the U.S. Department of Justice is once again cracking down on pirate sports stream websites, and they’ll be confiscatin’ ass and takin’ names now more than ever before – never mind the fact that the Super Bowl will be streamed online - and legally, at that – for the first time this year.
With Tom Brady’s team just happening to punch their ticket to this year’s Super Bowl.
Maybe that’s why he nonchalantly let loose that he watched last year’s Super Bowl online illegally – to raise awareness for the new legal Super Bowl stream.
And while the aforementioned O.J. Simpson probably can’t get access to even a legal Super Bowl stream this year, given where he’s currently located, he did watch his share of pirated satellite television back in the day.