NEW YORK — “Tom Brady” was trending in Chicago and other cities nationwide Wednesday, and it probably had to do with more than just his appearance in federal court amid settlement talks with the NFL over his four-game “Deflategate” suspension.
The New England Patriots quarterback and reigning Super Bowl champion seemed miserable throughout a hearing lasting more than an hour in Manhattan, according to the Associated Press. He didn’t join the laughter of lawyers at several points, and slumped in his chair and kept his head lowered throughout the hearing. But a courtroom sketch artist’s depiction of Brady delved into almost the abstract, bringing out the best of the Internet as a result.
The sketches, which barely resembled Brady, drew mockery from fans and media on Twitter, and took off as a starting point for other depictions of the Patriots’ star.
“This is no doubt the worst sketch of Tom Brady ever created,” wrote Jeff Israel on Twitter.
Israel also tweeted a side-by-side, showing a photo of Brady walking into the court house as opposed to the sketches once he got in. “Nailed it,” wrote Israel, with unrelenting sarcasm.
“Based on these sketches, Brady was involved in some sort of horrible accident before the hearing,” tweeted Boston Globe sports reporter Peter Abraham.
Others took to Twitter to either superimpose the sketch on other famous works of art, or vice versa.
People even photoshopped a crying Michael Jordan face onto Brady’s suited-up body.
Another noted the sketch’s striking resemblance to E.T.
And let’s not leave out “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
A federal judge is holding closed-door settlement talks now in an attempt to resolve Brady’s suit to have his four-game suspension in the deflated football scandal overturned.
No word yet on if the court’s next public hearing will feature the same artist.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.