“The View” isn’t pleased with the Tom Brady retirement discourse.
Brady retired from football this week, in part to spend more time with his family. For years, he’s talked about Gisele’s desire for him to retire, and the strain his football career was putting on their marriage. That’s led some to speculate Gisele influenced Brady to walk away with one year left on his contract.
Commentator Joy Behar isn’t having it. “He said he wants to spend more time with his family,” she said, via Mediaite. “So of course a lot of male sports fans are trolling his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen online claiming ‘she made him do it, it’s the girl’s fault!’ This is like blaming Yoko Ono for the breakup of The Beatles.”
One of the most accomplished supermodels ever, Gisele has largely put her career on pause while she and Brady raise their family. But Brady hasn’t.
He’s said in multiple docuseries he wants to be more present for his wife and children. “You’ve gotta feed those relationships. You’ve gotta nurture your friendships. You’ve gotta invest in your family,” Brady said in episode five of Man in the Arena. “They’re the ones that are you going to help you when things are tough, and you need it the most. That’s where resilience comes from.”
Brady also says his decision to skip Patriots OTAs in 2018 and 2019 were about putting family first.
“These are just the Brady Bros upset that their guy is retiring,” said panelist Tara Setmayer. “But instead of blaming him, they’re gonna blame the woman.”
Brady has acknowledged his retirement was a joint decision between him and his family. “It’s not always what I want. It's what we want as a family,” he told Jim Gray last week on his podcast.
That sounds like a healthy dynamic. After all, marriage is a partnership between two people.