Tom Brady Agrees That New NFL Taunting Rule is Ruining the Game

Published 09/22/2021, 6:51 PM EDT


Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are enjoying a flying start to their 2021 NFL campaign. Bruce Arians’ boys have not suffered defeat since the season began earlier this month.

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The Bucs managed to hold on to their Super Bowl-winning squad over the summer. They tied down Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and other key members to extensions. They did so in a bid to defend their title as Brady looks to build his own dynasty in Florida.

TAMPA, FL – JUL 31: Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp on July 31, 2021, at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

While Tom Brady is someone who prefers to do the bulk of his talking on the football field, he does not shy away from speaking on off-field matters as well.

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After voicing his concerns regarding the NFL jersey number change, Brady’s latest ‘constructive criticism’ is directed towards the league’s new controversial ruling regarding aggressive taunting.

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Tom Brady gives his two cents on the new NFL taunting rule

After much debating on the weekend, the NFL went ahead and implemented their ‘Draconian’ taunting rule. Players will now be sanctioned if they appear to make aggressive taunts towards opponents while on the football field. There were multiple taunting calls that were made in Week 2.

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Those calls were met with increased opposition from fans and critics alike across social media. But when someone like Tom Brady stands up and takes a stand, the league will be sure to take notice.

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers looks over to his left before the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Brady’s comment on the above Instagram post is a clear indication of how he feels about the new taunting rule. But league commissioner Roger Goodell and certain franchise owners are adamant that this was the right call to make in light of recent events.

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Whether or not this rule sticks around for the long term, remains to be seen. But it will be impactful over the course of the ongoing 2021 NFL season, for sure.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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