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Tom Brady Sparks Backlash After Comment Comparing NFL Season To Military Deployment

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback made the tone-deaf statement on his 'Let's Go!' podcast.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady
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Controversial NFL star Tom Brady is under fire after comparing his season playing football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to being deployed by the military.

Brady, who is currently the highest paid player in the NFL and is set to make $75 million this year, made the comments during a recent appearance on the podcast "Let's Go."

While seeming to complain about his job as a football player, Brady told host Jim Gray each new season feels like a military deployment.

Citing the difficulty of having to leave his family each season, Brady said:

“I almost look at football season like I’m going away on deployment for the military."
"And it’s like: ‘Man, here I go again.’”
"And, there’s only one way to do it, and I think Jim ― we’ve talked from time to time just about ― how do you enjoy certain moments of it?”

Ah yes, having to play football for millions of dollars is very much like being sent to a warzone to possibly die for $35,000 per year.

Aside from tone deaf, it's also a rather strange sentiment since Brady came out of retirement to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a job he seems to dislike so much he considers it on par with being sent to war.

The comments come on the heels of several incidents giving the impression Brady hates his job. Amid a poor season so far for the Buccs, Brady was heard throwing a profanity-laden tantrum at his teammates following a loss this week.

And last month he was seen hurling a tablet at the ground after another bad game.

Brady's newest gaffe won him few fans on Twitter, many of whom found his comments offensive.

Brady and his wife model Gisele Bundchen are also rumored to be divorcing. Bundchen has previously expressed dismay at Brady's decision to renege on his retirement earlier this year.