It shouldn't come as a surprise that the people who want to attack a guy on the internet for messing with the air pressure of some footballs can't spell very well.
That's how an innocent British television pundit ended up being subjected to a deluge of messages from angry football fans.
Ever since Tom Brady was suspended four games by the NFL for his role in the "Deflategate" controversy, ITV News political reporter Tom Bradby has seen his Twitter mentions skyrocket.
Bradby is not a professional quarterback who may or may not have incentivized low-level Patriots employees to let air out of balls. He's a Brit in his late 40's who's spent more than two decades in television.
Tell that to the people who yell at him on Twitter.
Actually, having said that, a lot of my timeline is still filled with Americans who can't spell and news of Tom Brady and deflategate.— tom bradby (@tombradby) May 19, 2015
On and on it goes. Hundreds of abusive tweets about some bloody ball I deflated. So just regular political abuse is a bit of a relief.— tom bradby (@tombradby) May 19, 2015
The funny thing is I do sometimes genuinely puzzle now over whether the abuse is actually intended for me or for Tom Brady.— tom bradby (@tombradby) May 19, 2015
Maybe I should just bill him and Gisele for the time spent talking to their fans.— tom bradby (@tombradby) May 19, 2015
In answer to the critics, I just want to make it clear that the reaction to Deflategate is vastly overdone - as is the suspension.— tom bradby (@tombradby) May 19, 2015
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