But where are the stories coming from. I don't know you, but I assume you don't run in the same circles as Tom Brady. So if this is a ton of 2nd 3rd and 4th hand stories from people that know a guy that knows a guy, I'm still inclined to disregard it. The National Media is pretty good about calling out giant dbag celebs, see Justin Beiber, and I haven't seen any of that from them.
OK, I'll bite on this.
Do I have 1st-hand stories about Brady? Only from 2006 training camp, when my kids sat in the VIP section next to the locker rooms and most of the Patriots players at least came by and shook hands and signed shirts and such ... and then Brady took virtually the longest possible arc away from the section to avoid having to interact with any of the fans in any way possible (including not even so much as waiving to acknowledge people were calling out to him, much less even a look up and a nod of the head). But, let's ignore that and pretend it's a one-time thing. I have numerous stories from:
-- People who lived in and around Brady's place in Boston when he had an apartment there
-- People who ran into Brady at the store, on the street, or other non-PR events
-- People who asked Brady early in his career to help out with fundraisers and got told to "write a check, if it's big enough I'll think about it" among other pleasantries (many of which included choice 4-letter words).
-- And yes, let's not forget him dumping then 8 months pregnant Bridget Moynahan.
have a positive experience with him? Yes? Then good for you - I'm glad you have pleasant memories. The two years I was in Boston? The negative stories about him FAR
outweighed the positives - and it wasn't even close. And again, it's not like this was some group of people that knew each other; it was people from all parts of the Boston metro area. Really difficult
to write it off as made up - but hey, if the media isn't reporting it (because we all know the media never covers stories up), then it can't possibly be true.
Kind of like Shanahan. Did I ever personally meet him? No - but I know a ton
of 2nd-hand, 3rd-hand stories about him (including from team officials in each of the stops he made in his NHL career) that are not positive in any way. When you hear a number of similar stories from unrelated people, there's probably something to them (especially when you hear it from people who witnessed events and players who verify certain stories) - but, I suppose it's probably a bunch of disgruntled people because the media has never said anything about it. And hey, he's done a ton of stuff that's great PR (raised money for MS, held the "Shanahan Summit" in 2004 to improve the game, etc.) - and anyone who does good things like that can't possibly be a complete jerk when people aren't watching.
I never said I had a positive experience with him. I never met Tom Brady. Therefore I don't claim to know the mans character like I would my friends and family or coworkers. I'll tell you what, based on your criteria, why don't you name me a celebrity that isn't a giant d bag? Because I guarantee you that every single one of them on the level of Tom Brady has thousands and thousands of haters that could "tell you stories."
You think there are 10,000 people in Wisconsin alone that could tell you about the time they ran into Aaron Rodgers at Costco and he wouldn't acknowledge them, so they think hes a p.o.s? C'mon, this is America, where people find an excuse to be slighted by people that have more than them.