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Tom Brady avoids postgame handshake with Jared Goff after Buccaneers loss


For at least the second time this season, Tom Brady ran off the field without taking part in the traditional postgame quarterback handshake Monday night. Both times that people have noticed such behavior were after Brady losses.

The Buccaneers lost by a field goal to the Rams in Week 11, and Brady jogged to the locker room without shaking Jared Goff’s hand. He’d done the same thing earlier in the year after losing to Nick Foles and the Bears on “Thursday Night Football.” Maybe Brady is just variable in how he wants to follow social-distancing protocols, but this particular action has social media wondering whether Brady is a sore loser.

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For whatever little it’s worth, Brady did shake Goff’s hand after beating him in the Super Bowl in 2019.

When Brady snubbed Foles earlier in the year, he was asked about the move postgame and offered a long explanation that basically amounted to a shrug.

“I didn’t even think about that,” Brady said, per Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud. “I think Nick Foles is a hell of a player and a Super Bowl champ. I don’t know one reason or another why I wouldn’t do that. Sometimes I run off the field, sometimes I haven’t. Sometimes if I have a personal relationship, like I have with Drew (Brees) and Justin (Herbert) and Aaron (Rodgers) over the years … I don’t know, I don’t think it’s anything particular other than I have great admiration for Nick and I think he’s a hell of a player. They’re off to a great start.”

There’s no mention of this being some COVID-19-related action for the 43-year-old Brady. He doesn’t appear to have been asked about this season’s second handshake denial, but that doesn’t mean Twitter went without providing some of its thoughts.

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