When you’re an ageless legend like Tom Brady, arguably the best quarterback to ever play in the NFL, well, the rules are a little different — and, no, this is not a play on “Inflate-gate.”
The 42-year-old New England Patriots quarterback made a cameo appearance in a new Netflix series, “Living with Yourself,” where he’s depicted leaving a strip-mall spa called “Top Happy Spa, that is intended to look like a massage parlor.
A very satisfied and relieved Brady is seen leaving the spa as the star of the Netflix series, actor Paul Rudd, pulls up in his car.
“First time?” Brady asks, looking toward Rudd, who plays the character Miles in the series.
“Uh-huh. You?” Rudd replies.
“Sixth,” happy customer Brady informs him, mischievous grin and all. It turns out, the “spa” is not a massage parlor, but a mysterious and complicated path to a better life, though the scene was comedically set up to make it look otherwise.
Brady is married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who, with an estimated net worth of $400 million, is fabulously wealthy in her own right — the scene is eerily reminiscent of Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s recent troubles.
Kraft being Brady’s boss, of course.
The 78-year-old team owner pleaded not guilty earlier this year on a charge of paying for sex at a Florida massage parlor. One of his alleged visits was reportedly on the same day his team beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.
As for the question of whether Brady was throwing shade at Kraft, David Greenberg, the show’s creator, said the spot was already in the works before the billionaire was charged, according to Refinery29.
“That looked almost exactly like what we were shooting,” Greenberg said of the establishment Kraft had frequented. “Like, I would have used it as a reference photo.”
More on that from Refinery29:
“We were talking about why Miles would do this, why would he agree to hand over $50,000,” Greenberg tells Refinery29 over the phone. “[Kaufman] had the idea, ‘Maybe he sees these sports stars on the wall.'” Kaufman’s suggestion of which athlete Miles would see, still makes Greenberg laugh. “He’s like, ‘I don’t know, Babe Ruth.’ Like really, Charlie? Are you such an intellectual that you can’t think of any sportsperson from the last 80 years?”
Luckily, Greenberg, could and once he had written Brady into the script, executive producer Jeff Stern reached out to the football star’s agent and his publicist. Brady was interested, but it was football season. “So, we were waiting and waiting and waiting for the Patriots to finish their run and then, sure enough, they won again,” Greenberg, a “long-suffering” Jets fans, says of the Patriots 2019 Super Bowl win.
Brady — who is probably used to negative publicity at this point — was defensive about the short cameo when asked about it by reporters, denying any connection to Kraft’s troubles.
“It was shot on a green screen, it was agreed to a year ago, it was written four years ago. It’s unfortunate that people would choose to think that I would ever do something like that to Mr. Kraft, I think that’s a very bad assessment of my relationship with him,” he said.
Editor’s Note: An original version of this article reported about the appearance of the “happy endings-like” spa in the clip without researching the plot of the Netflix show in question. For clarification, the Brady cameo made it look like a strip-mall massage parlor, but it is actually a front for something more complex.
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