"Before we start, can I say one thing? Earlier this week I made a statement about playing football and the military and it was a very poor choice of words," said Brady to reporters.
"And I just want to express that to any sentiments out there that people may have taken it in a certain way. I apologize," he added.
He was asked to explain his comments by a reporter, but he refused.
"To be honest, I don’t really want to expand on it too much," Brady responded. "I have a tremendous amount of gratitude to everyone who served. In the end, we play a game, and the military is defending our country. It’s two different things and I shouldn’t have made the comparison."
The superstar quarterback made the comments about the military on the "Let's Go!" podcast released on Monday.
"I almost look at like a football season like you’re going away on deployment in the military," Brady said on the podcast. "And it’s like, ‘Man, here I go again.’ And there’s only one way to do it."
Some veterans and their families were offended by the comments and took to social media to express their displeasure.
"Hey @TomBrady Did you ever get shot at during practice? Blown up? Have your teammates get wounded or killed?" tweeted U.S. Army veteran Richard Ojeda. "Did you ever finish a practice and wonder how you were able to make it through alive??? YOU PLAY A GAME. Worst case scenario is you lose a game. Not a life."
"Tom Brady's reference to his career as being deployed is a prime example of some detached brat who has no freakin' idea what military and their families go through during war. He owes an apology to say the least," tweeted a woman who identified as a combat veteran spouse.
Here's the video of Brady's apology:
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