While New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sat in a quiet daze after his team lost this year’s Super Bowl to the New York Giants, his wife, Giselle Bundchen, couldn’t stay silent.
As the supermodel found herself heckled by a Giants fan after the game, she was caught on video blaming Mr. Brady’s teammates for the loss.
“You [have]to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball," she says. "My husband cannot f---ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
This isn’t the first time Ms. Bundchen’s spoken out about her husband’s career.
It’s not even the first time this week.
She reportedly sent an email to family and friends prior to the Super Bowl asking them to join her “on this positive chain and pray for [Mr. Brady] so he can feel confident, healthy and strong.” When asked about the email Thursday, Mr. Brady responded “I don’t know anything about that.
While a supportive spouse is usually a career asset, one as outspoken as Ms. Bundchen could be a liability - whether you’re an NFL star or a mid-level account manager. Business etiquette expert Judi James told the BBC in December “there’s something about partners - they think they can say anything they like. They don’t understand status, pecking orders or office politics.”
So how can you be supportive without embarrassing your partner? The Associated Press’s Hillary Rhodes writes that you must remember to be an “ambassador” for them. “With your partner’s reputation at risk, it’s vital that you don’t say the wrong thing or act the wrong way.”
Etiquette expert Donna May Casperson recommends talking with your spouse about how you should behave before you attend their work event.
Ms. Bundchen might do well to keep that in mind.
How do you support your spouse’s career without overstepping boundaries?