‘Concussion’ doctor: Gisele an ‘angel of truth and an angel of love’
Gisele Bundchen unloaded a bombshell on Wednesday when she claimed that husband Tom Brady suffered a concussion last year and has had multiple ones during his career. And one person is speaking out in support of her statements: Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was the inspiration for the character portrayed by Will Smith in the 2015 film, “Concussion.”
“I believe it is something angelic to speak up,” Omalu told TMZ. “She’s an angel. An angel of truth and an angel of love.
“… The truth will always prevail. We should not be afraid of the truth because of the inconvenience of the truth. But when we embrace the truth, just like Gisele has done, the truth is empowering, is enlightening and is vindicating. … So, [Gisele] is my hero.”
Suffice to say, Dr. Omalu’s impressions of Bundchen speaking out about her husband’s health stand in stark contrast to others who have condemned her. Among those critics was Terry Bradshaw, who brazenly called her out for divulging such sensitive information.
Bunchen’s revelations concerning Brady’s concussion history occurred during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”
#NEW: @giseleofficial told @CharlieRose on @CBSThisMorning that Tom Brady had a concussion last year. "He does have concussions." pic.twitter.com/K4B8ixDN9X
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 17, 2017
“He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every — I mean, we don’t talk about it. He does have concussions,” Bundchen said. “I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for a body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That could not be healthy for you.”
The NFL, not surprisingly, issued a reaction to Bundchen’s comments later Wednesday.
“We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office,” an NFL spokesman said, via ESPN. “There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms.”
Comcast Sportsnet reporter Jill Sorenson, however, issued a reaction from NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith via Twitter.
Happened to have lunch with @DeSmithNFLPA today and brought up the Tom Brady situation, this is what he had to say #NFLPA : pic.twitter.com/SLKqe0az8U
— Jill Sorenson (@JillCSN) May 17, 2017
The Patriots and Brady’s agent declined to comment Wednesday.
[Pro Football Talk]