Blogger criticized for posting naked photo of Tom Brady’s young son
BY KYLE KOSTER firstname.lastname@example.org August 12, 2011 11:54AM
Updated: August 12, 2011 2:49PM
A Boston blogger was roundly criticized and received death threats after posting a naked photo of Tom Brady’s young son.
David Portnoy, who operates BarStoolSports.com, defended his decision to publish the photo of a bathing-suit-less Benjamin Brady and his mother, Gisele Bundchen, at a Costa Rican beach. The photos, taken by a paparazzo and posted on Portnoy’s site, ignited a firestorm in the Boston area yesterday.
Callers flooded the phone lines of sports-talk shows to complain and many questioned if this constituted child pornography.
“It’s Boston,” Portnoy told NECN. “We’re going to show the Gisele pictures. We saw the Brady’s kid picture and basically I saw it and thought it was a funny joke. I mean really that’s the nuts and bolts of it. For me it wasn’t so much about the kid, it’s an ongoing theme with us is that Brady is the best, Brady is God and really for us that blog was just another way to say it. It’s like Brady’s kid is the best, Peyton Manning’s is the worst.”
The posting in question made direct mention of the 20-month-old’s private parts, as well as the supermodel’s assests. The latter, of course, is nothing new. The former resulted in a cease-and-desist letter from a Brazilian photo agency.
The offending pictures were taken down, only to re-appear later in the day.
“Generally we have to take them down when that happens,” Portnoy told the Boston Herald. “Our Web site-hosting company makes us. I put them back up actually because everyone else still has them up, too. But it’s only a matter of time till they are gone again.”