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Viewers Want FCC to Flag Tom Brady for On-Air F-Bombs

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By    |   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 01:23 PM

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received three formal complaints from television viewers who are objecting to New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady's repeated use of the "F-word" in a Nov. 30 televised game against the Green Bay Packers.

But there's no way Tom Brady is apologizing — in fact, he told WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan" show: "Don't blame me. Blame CBS and NBC for putting it on TV," The Washington Post reports.

Using a Freedom of Information Act request, The Smoking Gun received three complaints filed with the FCC which objected to seeing Brady repeatedly screaming, the “F-word” when his team failed to make an extra point.

“My eight-year-old grandson was watching the game with me and even commented that he should not have said that," a Pennsylvania man complained. "I understand the first time it happened that the cameraman would not have expected that but to keep the camera on Tom Brady as he kept yelling was uncalled for."

An Iowa resident wrote: "They clearly knew he was saying it and so did my 10-year-old son. It was almost as if the announcers got away with it because they didn’t actually say it. Very unprofessional."

The Boston Globe even blasted Brady, stating: "Our franchise quarterback treated fans to a temper tantrum, pacing the sidelines and repeatedly yelling what was almost unmistakably the F-word. For that display, Brady is the New England Patriots poor sport of the week."

However, Brady said: "I wish I did have a better mouth out here at times, but there's nothing that quite expresses the way I feel like that word. It is (a great word), especially in the heat of the moment," the "Dennis & Callahan Show reported.

"We're not choirboys. I know that. You bring us up to a certain level of intensity to the game. Your job is to go out there and physically, emotionally, mentally dominate the game. You don't do that at church on Sunday. You go to the football field for that."

Apparently Brady's verbal intensity didn't help much — the Packers beat the Patriots 26-21.

Fans could not hear Brady's cursing because there was no audio, but that did not mollify an Indianapolis parent who wrote: "Six-year-old children know how to read lips even if there is no sound" and another complained that, "he said it multiple times and they showed it multiple times."

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received three formal complaints from television viewers who are objecting to New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady's repeated use of the "F-word" in a Nov. 30 televised game against the Green Bay Packers.
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