Tom Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, did a national television interview Wednesday morning that has caused her husband considerable controversy.
Bundchen said Brady played through a concussion last season en route to a fifth Super Bowl title with the Patriots. The injury was not reported by the team, but Bundchen worries about how much longer her husband should play football.
“He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every …” she said, before cutting herself off. “I mean, we don’t talk about it. But he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for anybody to go through.”
The NFL requires “significant or noteworthy” injuries to be reported, regardless of whether a player is expected to miss playing time, and says honest reporting of injuries “affects the integrity of the game.”
According to a TMZ report released Wednesday afternoon, the NFL Players Association is “looking into” the claims made by Brady’s wife.
An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Patriots declined to respond to Bundchen’s comments on Wednesday morning. Brady’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Despite winning his fifth NFL title at the age of 39, Brady has long said he wanted to keep playing until his mid-40s. But he told ESPN in an interview published this week that he would continue beyond that if he was healthy and productive.
But Bundchen balked at those plans when asked by CBS host Charlie Rose.
“That kind of aggression all the time, that cannot be healthy for you,” she said. “I’m planning on him being healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope.”
The Associated Press contributed