A courtroom sketch artist depicted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a manner that, while familiar to non-Patriots fans, earned the ire of his New England supporters. Jane Rosenberg was taken aback by the backlash to her depiction of Brady, a drawing that some are calling the “worst courtroom sketch ever”.
The image of Tom makes him more closely resemble Emperor Palpatine than the good-looking “boy next door” type that many are familiar with.
— Carol Costello (@CarolCNN) August 13, 2015
There was no way that the internet was going to pass on an opportunity to make jokes. Following the release of Tom Brady’s courtroom sketch, a slew of memes made their way across social media.
Not sure what the big deal is, we think Tom Brady’s courtroom sketch looks pretty accurate. pic.twitter.com/TfaTSkviEx
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) August 12, 2015
Looks correct pic.twitter.com/0HyoTmDqpy
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) August 12, 2015
DeflateGate is turning into a real thriller pic.twitter.com/KmY3Xv2Bej
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) August 12, 2015
When VICE Sports reached out to Rosenberg about the sketch, she immediately apologized to Tom Brady. “Tell [Tom] I’m sorry!” She admitted that it was never her intention to make Brady look like a troll. The difficulty in capturing his “modelesque” features wasn’t down to a lack of skill on the part of the courtroom sketch artist.
Apparently, accuracy was made difficult by a combination of time constraints and Tom Brady himself. “I’m working very quickly,” said Rosenberg. “Obviously I have a lot of pressure on me, and it’s time pressure.” She also claimed that Tom Brady spent more time looking down at his phone than paying attention to the actual proceedings.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 13, 2015
Brady was in court on Wednesday over Deflategate, which has now become a federal matter. The NFL suspended Tom Brady for four games over his alleged role in the scandal, but a federal judge are pressuring the organization to prove the quarterback had anything to do with the cheating scandal.
In the midst of this serious situation came a courtroom sketch that was too hilariously terrible to ignore. But if the internet is laughing at Jane over her artwork, she will remain unaware for the most part.
“I don’t know [what people are saying],” she told VICE SPORTS. “I don’t do Twitter. I don’t even know if I could. I don’t know how I’m going to see [what’s happening online].”
“Does it bother me, people making fun of me? I don’t know. It hasn’t sunk in yet. I might be very depressed. I’m my biggest critic, myself. So I feel terrible when I do a bad sketch. So when the whole world is criticizing me, I might just kill myself. Or I might just laugh it off. Who knows?”
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[Image Credit: Jane Rosenberg, Andrew Burton/Getty Images]