Today is an age of constant comparisons. It’s not good enough to be great, as Tom Brady discovers to his chagrin, but you always have to be compared. Others would say it’s important to keep public figures in check so that issues like Brett Favre using public money for private gain are caught in time.
To give this story a bit of context, we need to look at what each person did and compare the situations. Brett Favre used his connections to the Mississippi establishment to divert money from social funds to have a volleyball court built to benefit his daughter. The sordid details seem to get even grimmer when the people involved in the transactions are revealed, one of whom has pleaded guilty to impropriety.
Tom Brady, on the other hand, received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan during the COVID pandemic, despite his net worth being estimated at over $250 million. He raised $960,855 for his venture TB12 on April 15, 2020. The loan has since been granted, although there are no records to show if the pandemic has affected his business in any way. Given his net worth, it leaves a sour taste that he got a nearly $1 million loan when other companies that didn’t have well-to-do benefactors went under.
NFL fans didn’t hold back in criticizing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback for his actions:
Tom Brady and Brett Favre aren’t the only ones playing with the system
Rich people being immoral and playing the system is a story as old as time. Neither Tom Brady nor Brett Favre are the first to be drawn into a scandal, and they certainly won’t be the last.
There have been cases of NFL players cheating on the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which was set up on behalf of NFL players to cover their health care that was not covered by insurance. A total of 15 players pleaded guilty to abusing the service.
The NFL itself as an organization has not been immune to using its reach to its own advantage. While investigating football’s impact on CTE, he allegedly repeatedly tried to interfere with the scientific evidence to make himself look better.
It is hoped that the humiliation received by Brett Favre and Tom Brady will be enough to inform those thinking of cheating the system to think many times before seeking material benefits where they don’t need them. However, given human nature, these will not be the last such cases.