When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the wild card round, Tom Brady ended up missing more than one shot in Super Bowl VIII.
A week after the game, the NFL fined Brady $16,444, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, for attempting to trip Cowboys safety Malik Hooker.
The play in question certainly doesn’t look very good for Brady. After Hooker recovered a fumble from wide receiver Chris Goodwin, Brady first attempted a shoulder pass to Hooker. When he misses, Brady chases the play from behind and gets into a football-style game of football. He missed it, but Hooker was taken down soon after.
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Isolating the moment Brady made a mistake, things are looking particularly bad.
On his podcast “Let’s Go!” And Brady picked up the play and good.
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“It’s already been appealed, so I’m not sure I can say anything before the appeal decision, but we’ll see what happens after we appeal,” Brady said.
But despite saying that he wanted to avoid adding to the conversation until things were resolved, Brady continued.
“I’m a little disappointed,” he said.
Brady’s argument was simple: he didn’t actually trip Hooker, so what matters more than him trying to trip him?
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“I tried to treat it with my right shoulder and I lost it,” Brady said. “I wasn’t going to push my arm, so I was trying to throw him to the ground, and I missed. I didn’t even hit him. I tried to trip him, but I didn’t.” “
Admitting that he attempted to trip an opposing player, while he appeals to the fine he received for attempting to trip an opposing player, doesn’t seem like a tough defense to come up with.