“Deflategate” may cost Tom Brady more than just a pretty penny and a handful of games – he may never set foot inside The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts because of it.
According to The Boston Globe, the exclusive club, located not far from Brady’s humble abode in Boston, is mulling over the decision to let the star quarterback and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, through its doors. For a club that prides itself on privacy and discretion, Brady may bring more attention than welcomed (and plenty of unwanted jokes about balls), especially in wake of everyone’s favorite sports scandal.
After all, seeing as the Club seems to believe people should only be in the newspaper twice – “when you’re born and when you die” (that’s an actual quote) – the Brady Bunch’s odds are somewhat stacked against them. It’s basically Fight Club, just with golf, wrinkly old men and a lot more cocktails.
“It’s really about who you are. Do you have good values?” one member told The Globe. “It’s that old New England mentality.”
The application process to get in the Club, which Golf Digest ranked No. 19 on America’s greatest golf courses, is exhausting. It involves getting two cosigners (not an issue for Brady seeing as Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a longtime member), seven testimonials from close friends (Gronk?) and surviving an all-too-fancy cocktail hour to sweet talk the admissions committee.
Of course, for someone who has four Super Bowl rings and is one of the more recognizable athletes on the planet, the Club has more than enough information on Brady at their disposal. While some members hope he gets the OK to bask by their Olympic-size pool and shred opponents on the 27-hole golf course, others are lukewarm.