Did someone have a heads up that Tom Brady was unretiring and take advantage of the inside information? That is what one sportsbook is wondering after receiving multiple large bets on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers days ahead of the official announcement.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a sharp bettor placed the sizeable wagers before the news and Westgate SuperBook vice president Jay Kornegay is suspicious.
The bettor wagered on the Buccaneers to win the NFC at 30-1 odds and to win the Super Bowl at 60-1. The odds were dropped to 25-1, but the same bettor returned to place another wager.
Kornegay believes the bettor had inside information and wants the NFL to investigate.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that they knew he was coming back when they placed those wagers on Thursday,” Kornegay said. “And these were not casual bettors. They would be categorized as educated bettors. It wasn’t a guy with a Tom Brady jersey at the counter. It was a player that we would describe as sharp. With that type of play and the announcement we heard [Sunday] that he was unretiring, there was information that was shared prior to his official announcement.
“There is no doubt in my mind that information leaked sometime in the middle of last week. This is concerning. I don’t think I’ve ever said the NFL really needs to investigate something. But this is something they need to look into and how it got out, because there are many books that took some sizable wagers in the middle of last week.”
The future Hall of Famer announced his return on Sunday, March 13.
As you may expect, the NFL had “no comment” on the Westgate SuperBook concerns.
During his 22-year career, Brady won three MVP awards, five Super Bowl MVP awards, and seven Super Bowl rings with the Patriots and Buccaneers.
Now, he will be looking to continue adding to his illustrious trophy case — and one bettor will be paying close attention to Tampa Bay’s success.