It’s safe to say Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy has an issue with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrating their signing of former New England Patriots great Tom Brady.
After the Bucs announced their acquisition of the future Hall-of-Famer, Portnoy took to Twitter to chastise the NFL club for celebrating the signing amidst the world’s fight against the Coronavirus.
Dave Portnoy Tweets Harsh Words At Buccaneers’ Official Twitter Account
There are others who have taken umbrage with the NFL and its teams carrying on with free agency and other offseason moves during such a trying time around the world. However, Portnoy’s issue with the Bucs can be looked at in a variety of ways.
He hasn’t publicly criticized any other team for similar posts or even spoken against the NFL on a whole for their approach.
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Portnoy Has Never Hid His Patriots and Tom Brady Fandom
Moments after Brady announced he wouldn’t be returning to the Patriots, Fortnoy posted this hot take on his Twitter account:
Portnoy appeared to be on board with the NFL’s offseason talk when it has been more pro-Patriots.
It’s not difficult to see the difference in the nature of the posts that Portnoy seemingly has a tolerance for and the ones for which he’s cried foul.
Portnoy’s Patriots fandom walks a thin line at times. He was once arrested for a sit-in at the NFL offices in protest of Deflategate. He was banned from the Super Bowl for creating a fake press pass. Because of these events, most things Portnoy does or says in relation to the Patriots has to be taken with a grain of salt.
The Struggle is Real for Many Brady and Patriots Fans
Just as Portnoy isn’t alone in criticizing the league and its teams for big-money announcements during this time, he’s also not alone in his apparent separation anxiety as he deals with Brady’s departure from the Patriots.
Brady’s now-former teammate Julian Edelman liked a tweet from Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders that suggested the wide receiver follow his “family” to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That example is on a professional level, but the outcry from hardcore Brady and Pats fans has been equally heartfelt and sometimes melancholy.
Brady’s exit is almost unfathomable to many Patriots fans, and that’s especially for the younger ones who may not know a reality without TB12 in a Pats uniform. Consider this, there are millions of Patriots fans who are legal adults who cannot remember a time when Brady didn’t play for their team.
When you also take into consideration the level of success Brady has been partially responsible for in New England and what’s currently happening all over the world with the Coronavirus, some of the emotional reactions are understandable. Football is a huge deal for millions of people in the United States, and quite obviously, safety and normalcy rank at the top of most of our priority lists. For some, both of those worlds have been shaken.
While we may not be accustomed to giving Portnoy a pass for his outbursts, perhaps this one is one of the easiest to absorb.