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Report: Gisele is Giving Brady 'an Ultimatum' to Retire or She's 'Gone for Good'

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If you've ever been through struggles in your marriage or no someone who has, you know how incredibly difficult it can be on all involved. It takes a toll on you, mind, body and spirit. And because I care about you, should you ever find yourself trying to fight through the tough times, my wish for you is this: 

I hope your friends and family can keep their mouths shut about it. Unlike whoever keeps spilling on Tom Brady and Gisele's current marital woes. Thanks to these snitches, I know more about the intimate details of this relationship than I do about my own marriage of 29 years. For sure I've spent more time thinking about theirs than mine.

To be fair, when you travel in their circles, it's likely that a disproportionate amount of your life is spent among socialites, inherited wealth, trophy wives, and assorted other non-working types. In other words, people who don't have other priorities keeping them so busy they don't have time to follow every move you make as your private world shatters. And to report all their findings to the gossip rags. 

Since Brady's decision to unretire and the subsequent lack of Gisele in and around his life, their marriage has been talked about more than the History Channel discusses ancient aliens.  And here is the latest alleged update from one of the leading sources of information to date:

US Weekly - He has a choice. Gisele Bündchen gave Tom Brady an ultimatum amid their marital struggles. 

“Gisele told Tom either he leaves football to spend time with the family or she is gone for good,” an insider exclusively reveals in the newest issue of Us Weekly. …

Bündchen, for her part, worries about her husband’s health. “She doesn’t want him to continue to get injured and not be able to enjoy life in the future,” the source adds. “She is doing it for her family.”

You might want to take this with a grain, since it's from yet another anonymous source. But it's also totally consistent with everything we've heard so far. And what seems to be obvious on its face, since all this began with his unretirement and seems to be confirmed by the fact she's nowhere to be seen in Tampa. Besides, no one in either his camp or hers has denied a word of any of the reports. So take that for what it's worth.

If true, it's an age old story. Boy meets sport. They fall in love. Boy meets girl. They fall in love as well. Girl allows boy to love both. Boy says he's leaving sport. Girl accepts. Boy goes back to sport. Boy loses girl.

And you can see it from both sides. Yes, Brady is trying to be the same person he when he and Gisele first met. On the other hand, she's thought she was done being in a polyamorous relationship. And while "ultimatum" is a harsh word, she's offering him a chance to get her back. Still, the price of that offer is giving up his first love. It's a romantic entanglement out of Shakespeare or any of the Bronte sisters. Where someone is going to get hurt and someone is going to get their happily ever after. A tale as old as time. 

If I'm rooting for anything, it's that the one who gets left out in the cold of this love triangle is football itself. It and Brady have had a great run. An unprecedented one. But this past year has been to hard on both of them. The toxicity of this second go-round has taken a toll. Football will be heartbroken for a while, but will move on. It always has. But there's still time to save this other marriage. According to this report, it just has to happen soon, or not at all. Tonight, as Brady is faced with possibly losing his third straight for the first time in 20 years, I for one am rooting for it to happen now.