Tom Brady is not having a season that NFL fans have grown accustomed to seeing from him and one hall-of-fame basketball player seems to know why.
The Tampa Bay Bucs Bucs are just 3-5 on the season, and in Thursday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Brady lost his third game in a row for the first time since 2002.
Less than 24 hours after that game, Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen, his wife of 13 years, announced that the two have finalized their divorce. It ended months of speculation that the two of them might be able to reconcile and bring the family back together.
Once both were seen without rings on and hired divorce lawyers, everyone knew the marriage was too far gone.
According to Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal, Brady’s struggles on the field and in his personal life are not unrelated. O’Neal went through a divorce in 2006 and said it affected his play. He spoke about it during a recent edition of his “The Big Podcast With Shaq.”
“During the 2006 Finals, I was going through a divorce, and I couldn’t do anything right,” O’Neal said. “That’s when I had to give everything to D-Wade (Dwyane Wade), like, ‘I don’t have it.’ Tom’s going through a tough time right now. It has nothing to do with his age or football, but when you’re dealing with that real-life stuff, it takes a lot. … I know he’s going through a lot. I don’t know his situation, but I wish him well, and hopefully they can reconcile and get back together.”
With Tampa Bay 3-5 on the season, just maybe Tom Bradfy can fully focus on his job and get his team back on the right track.
The Bucs are right behind the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South division race. Two of their three wins have come against division rivals.
On the season, he’s completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,267 yards and nine touchdowns and one interception in eight games.