Social media held its breath on Friday watching an Instagram video of NFL star Tom Brady jumping off a cliff and into the water, with his 6-year-old daughter Vivian.
The New England Patriots quarterback and husband of supermodel Gisele, posted the video, shot at a waterfall during a family trip to Costa Rica. In it, Vivi, wearing a pink bathing suit, stands on top of the cliff next to her father.
“Ready?” the 41-year-old asks his daughter. He counts to three and the two jump from the rocks while holding hands. “If Vivi is going to be an Olympic champion one day, it probably won’t be in synchronized diving,” Brady wrote on Instagram. “Daddy always gives her a 10 though!”
The athlete commented under the video, “I didn’t want to be the first Brady to fall off a cliff!”
The daredevil move shocked Brady’s friends. “You KNOW I have complete faith in you as a man, friend, player and father – but this just gave me anxiety. Geeezus,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wrote, while Diddy added a crying face emoji.
“You basically tried to kill her,” wrote someone.
“Nothing like getting a torn labrum at 10 years old,” added another. And a person remarked, “He was in motion, if he let her go she could have been seriously injured on the rocks.”
There were tweets that the star was “irresponsible” and that the 6-year-old appeared nervous to make the leap.
Anything for a selfie ...— Donna Cahill (@DTCahill) July 20, 2019
This irresponsible act follows Brady’s dimwitted wife posting pics of their children riding horses without helmets.
Tom Brady DRAGS daughter off dangerous cliff after she hesitates before jump#DumbJock https://t.co/o8oh4PsTuH
The humanity.... He deserves a lifetime ban! Thst is child endangerment 101! TB12 ripped daughter arm out of socket while trowing her from a cliff to certain death on the rocks below... Luckily she missed the rocks and landed in the water.— Daniel McCullough (@Jedi_prophet) July 20, 2019
Bad parenting? His daughter almost broke her arm. NFL should consider punishment— Arnold Darkshner (@newBsearl) July 19, 2019
Bruh she lucky she didn’t hit rock😭😂— Alebongo "Bris Bross" The Frog🛰🌚👾 (@BrisFrog) July 19, 2019
If this wasn’t Tom Brady, folks will say this child abuse— Collin Ransom (@ransom95) July 20, 2019
Thank goodness he had his daughters arm... she hesitated there.— Łørìtā (@K2Mum) July 19, 2019
He’s crazy— bav (@freebirdbav) July 19, 2019
Brady and Gisele, who have been married for ten years, have previously endured parenting judgement. In 2018, during his Facebook documentary series, “Tom vs. Time” Brady gave his 11-year-old son Jack a quick kiss on the lips, which was widely described as inappropriate.
And when the New England Patriots lost the 2018 Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles, Gisele was called patronizing for telling her disappointed children, “...Their whole life, they never won a Super Bowl. You have to let someone else win sometimes.’’
Gisele wrote on Twitter, "Just to be clear. No one 'let' anyone win. People win because of their own merit. Tired of people twisting my words to create drama that doesn't exist!"
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