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Tom Brady Issues Apology For Controversial Comment

Once again, Tom Brady found himself making headlines this week for something other than his play on the football field.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback apologized for that on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, while speaking on his "Let's Go!" podcast, Brady compared each NFL season to "going away on deployment for the military."

While Brady wasn't attempting to equate playing football with fighting a war — his remark came in an attempt to explain the difficulties of dealing with his personal life during the football season — his comment still stirred up some outrage on social media.

"Tom Brady began his news conference today by apologizing for comparing his commitment to playing an NFL season to a military deployment. His comments came during a discussion on his Let’s Go! podcast Monday about work-life balance with Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant." -- Rick Stroud

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Brady called his comparison "a very poor choice of words."

"Earlier this week, I made a statement about playing football and the military," Brady said. "It was a very poor choice of words, and I just want to express that to any sentiments out there that people may have taken it a certain way. So, I apologize."

Always a lightning rod, Brady seems to have been the source of more drama than ever this season, from reports about his marriage to Gisele Bundchen falling apart to his comments about a questionable roughing the passer penalty to missing a team walk-through in order to attend Patriots owner Robert Kraft's wedding. 

He'll look to put all that behind him and get back in the win column when the Bucs face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.