BOSTON (CBS) – Officials at Salem State University confirmed earlier this week that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was paid $170,000 for a May speaking engagement at the school.
According to one report, however, Brady didn’t keep any of the payment.READ MORE: Has The Delta Variant Disappeared? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your COVID-19 Questions
The Boston Globe reported that Brady donated $50,000 of the speaking fee to Best Buddies and gave the rest to other charities.
Best Buddies chairman and founder Anthony Kennedy Shriver confirmed the donation to the Globe, saying the organization is grateful for Brady’s “generous support over the years.”
Brady’s appearance was funded by the nonprofit Salem State University Foundation by way of corporate sponsors and ticket sales. The school said the event netted a profit of about $40,000.READ MORE: I-Team: Senators Demand Independent Review Of Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant
About 4,000 people attended the event, which was the only time to date Brady has publicly acknowledged the report by Ted Wells. The Wells Report said it was “more probable than not” that Brady was at least “generally aware” of footballs being deflated before the AFC Championship Game.
Best Buddies has a longstanding relationship with Brady. He hosts an annual football game at Harvard Stadium with celebrities and children alike that raises money for the group.
This year’s event, which took place at the end of May, was well-attended. Some fans wore “Free Brady” shirts to the fundraiser.MORE NEWS: Tax Season Has Started, Here Are Tips For A Timely Refund From The IRS
The quarterback is being represented in his appeal by a high profile group that includes attorney and long-time NFL nemesis Jeffrey Kessler.