Tom Brady will not be on the next season of The Masked Singerat least that’s the story he’s telling right now.
Brady addressed a growing conspiracy theory that he was actually involved in recording the FOX celebrity singing contest during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ absence for more than 10 days and return Monday (Aug. 22).
“I wasn’t on the masked singer (sic) last week. I was wearing a mask though,” Brady tweeted along with a video showing someone wearing nothing but headphones and their BRADY brand underwear making stunts on a motorcycle – although it’s unlikely to actually be the quarterback himself.
Brady agreed to a 10-year, $375 million deal to become FOX Sports‘ new senior NFL analyst each time he retires, which was among several examples provided in a Reddit post arguing about his participation in the singing contest.
Brady returned to the Buccaneers on Monday and reportedly took the time off to complete plans made with his family prior to his non-retirement announcement earlier this year.
League sources with knowledge of the situation said Professional football network that Brady is committed to spending time with his family, primarily his model wife Gisele Bundchenat an exclusive resort in the Bahamas during his absence from the team, which was planned prior to his decision to return for his 23rd NFL season in March, just weeks after his initial retirement announcement.
“His commitment to his family and his personal life were central to this hiatus from football, and there was no medical emergency, as speculated, or other reasons,” Professional football network wrote, which was shared on Twitter by an NFL reporter Dov Kleiman.
Brady was initially absent from Bucs practice on August 11 and expected to be away from the team for several days, the head coach Todd Bowles said at the time Going through NFL Network Main Insider Ian Rapoport.
“#Bucs QB Tom Brady is not in practice today for personal and non-football related reasons,” Rapoport tweeted at the time. “Coach Todd Bowles will discuss this after practice but I understand that he won’t be here for a few days.”
Rapoport added that “Brady is doing well and the team agrees with his reasons for being out,” but noted it would be “a little” long before the seven-time Super Bowl champion returns.
Bowles later confirmed that Brady was to be out of the team until after the Bucs’ preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 20, according to Rapoport.
On Sunday, Aug. 21, Bowles told reporters that Brady would return to the team early in the week, according to Rapoport, who said he learned the seven-time Super Bowl champion was scheduled to be with the team on Monday.
The Buccaneers had already ruled out Brady for their preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 13 before his initial reported absence.
Brady, who turned 45 earlier this month, announced his retirement, then his retirement this offseason ahead of his 23rd season in the NFL.
Brady is the NFL’s all-time leader in yards (84,520) and touchdowns (624), as well as quarterback wins (243), among many other records.
The San Mateo native spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, leading the franchise to an NFL-record six Super Bowl championships (tied with the Steelers), before joining the Buccaneers as a as a free agent in March 2020, which resulted in Tampa Bay. winning its second Super Bowl in franchise history, becoming the first NFL team to win a Super Bowl at home stadium, in February 2021.
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