Yesterday, the Manhattan appeals trial around DeflateGate—and specifically, Tom Brady's four game suspension for his alleged role in it—was completely overshadowed by a courtroom artist's rendering of him, instantly transorming him from America's golden boy into something reminiscent of the work of Lucian Freud. Artist Jane Rosenberg has now needlessly apologized for staring into Brady's soul and bringing his essence to the surface.
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"I’m getting bad criticism that I made him look like Lurch,” she told the Times, referring to the Addams Family character. "And obviously I apologize to Tom Brady for not making him as good-looking as he is."
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"I try to capture somebody’s essence quickly, so it’s not going to be perfect," Rosenberg told CBS. She said it is always challenging sketching someone who is famous or good-looking: "It was a big composition and Tom Brady was a tiny little head in that composition. With pastels, it’s very hard to get accurate when you work small,” she said. She added that Brady spent most of his time in court checking his cellphone, frowning and looking down.
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Rosenberg, a courtroom veteran who neither watches the NFL nor uses social media, seemed confused by all the attention she was getting: "Someone forwarded me some of the cartoons and his sketched face on various characters, and there were some mean comments and whatnot," she told ABC. "I guess they're just having fun. I'm glad everyone has a lot of free time."
For what it's worth, it sounds like the court case is going pretty well for Brady so far—and also, his net worth is around $120 million, he plays professional sports for a living, he's married to one of the world's most famous supermodels, he makes cameos in movies for fun, and he's won four Super Bowls—so no one need feel too bad for him.