Megyn Kelly criticized NFL quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday for what she described as choosing another year of football over his family.
Kelly’s words came in reaction to Brady’s retirement video in which he stated that he “wouldn’t change a thing” about his football career.
“Where’s the self-sacrifice? Where’s the mature decision to say, ‘I will table my one year to sacrifice, for you, my spouse; to sacrifice for the sake of my marriage and for the sake of my children to have their family remain together’?” Kelly said in a video posted on Twitter.
“Tom Brady seems like a rather sweet guy. I don’t think he’s evil-hearted. He’s amazing as a football player…but the collapse of your marriage over one extra year of football seems like something one should regret,” she added.
Brady’s ex-wife Gisele Bündchen seemed to have a different reaction than Kelly.
“Wishing you only wonderful things in this new chapter of your life,” she responded, according to TMZ.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback retired on Feb. 1, 2022, but changed his mind just weeks later in a surprise return to the NFL. His comeback season included a split with his wife and an 8-9 season that ended with Brady losing in the first round of the wild-card playoffs against the Dallas Cowboys.
Many speculated that Brady would return for another year, either with the Buccaneers or another team. Rumors included the Miami Dolphins, where Brady lives during the off season, or in Las Vegas, where the Raiders are looking for a new leader after releasing Derek Carr.
Brady seemed at peace with his decision to retire “for good” when he appeared at the premiere of the “80 For Brady” film on Tuesday. Plus, the seven-time Super Bowl champ already has a massive $375 million contract lined up to serve as a football analyst for Fox Sports.
It is unclear whether Brady intends to start during 2023 with Fox or wait for another year. Regardless of his future as an analyst, Brady will go down as one of the best NFL players of all time.
In addition to winning seven Super Bowls with two different teams, Brady earned three MVPs and was voted to 15 Pro Bowl teams in his 23 seasons. He left the league with numerous records, including 89,214 career passing yards and 649 touchdown passes.