Tom Brady provides unsatisfying explanation for postgame handshake snubbing of Nick Foles

By | October 23, 2020

If you want beef, head to a butcher, because Tom Brady is not selling any.

The Bucs were handed a 20-19 loss at the hands of the Bears in Week 5, but that’s not the interesting part. What happened postgame was: Rather than shaking hands with Bears QB Nick Foles, Tom Brady (again) left him hanging. It leads to an interesting question: Does Brady not like Foles? Why won’t they shake hands?

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Speaking with the Tampa Bay Times, Brady’s full answer to the question doesn’t really provide clarity one way or the other:

I didn’t even think about that. I think Nick Foles is a hell of a player and a Super Bowl champ. I don’t know one reason or another why I wouldn’t do that. Sometimes I run off the field, sometimes I haven’t. Sometimes if I have a personal relationship, like I have with Drew and Justin and Aaron over the years. … I don’t know, I don’t think it’s anything particular other than I have great admiration for Nick and I think he’s a hell of a player. They’re off to a great start.

The Foles-led Eagles famously knocked off Brady’s Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in a classic, leading to Brady walking off the field in disappointment. It’s understandable — to almost reach the summit and slip and break your butt is certainly cause for distress. But to not shake hands — as is custom — after a regular-season loss? Fishy, man. Especially when you consider Brady has exchanged pleasantries with other QBs this season.

All things considered, the  strange custom doesn’t seem to bother Foles much:

Once is a happenstance, twice is a coincidence, thrice (thrice?) is a trend. So hopefully these two squads will meet in the playoffs and we’ll get a satisfying conclusion to Handshakegate, one way or the other.