Report: Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen potentially not welcome at The Country Club

By Jerry Thornton on July 1, 2015 at 10:24 am ET

The Boston GlobeJust how exclusive is The Country Club in Brookline? We’€™re about to find out.

Word around the club’€™s meticulously manicured grounds is that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, whose mansion is just an errant tee shot away, would like to join. But it’€™s not clear if the club famous for understatement and insularity will accept the glamorous power couple as members.

Why? Because the 133-year-old institution prizes privacy and discretion above all else. And Brady and Bundchen, trailed as they often are by paparazzi, and occasionally controversy, attract the sort of attention abhorred by the multimillionaires who belong to the primrose playground on Clyde Street in Chestnut Hill. …

The club has a well-deserved reputation for being exclusive –€” some would say exclusionary –€” when it comes to its members. Consider this: No Jews were admitted until the 1970s, no women (as full members) until 1989, and no blacks until 1994. In his memoir, ‘€œA Reason To Believe,’ former governor Deval Patrick revealed that he and his wife, Diane, were rejected “€œblackballed,’€™’€™ he wrote — by The Country Club.

Those snot-nosed, over-privileged, trustafarian blue blood Brahmins at The Country Club can talk all they want about understatement and insularity but the rest of us know better. We know pure, unfiltered, institutional bigotry when we see it.

This is “No Irish Need Apply” of the 21st century. These pretentious, idle rich twits and their bony, dowager wives could never accept a working class kid who pulled himself up from nothing through hard work and dedication to achieve greatness. Because having a self-made man like Tom Brady around would just remind these plutocrat lucky spermers that their only accomplishment in life was to be born in a family that came over on the Mayflower and claimed some prime real estate the way you lay your blanket and chairs down at the beach.

I mean, what are they going to say to Tom or Gisele at the first club dinner dance? “Oh, you won your fourth Super Bowl and you retired from your billion dollar career as the last of the supermodels? Do tell. How absorbing for you. Not to brag, but Mimsy and I here won the club Bridge tournament and she’s on her fifth round of Botox. So we had quite a year too…”

Let’s face it, the last time any of these swells met a hard-working Irishman and a successful Brazilian business person they were landscaping their yard and cleaning their pool. And if they don’t want to be associated with the World’s Most Glamorous Couple, they are not worth associating with. Besides, I guarantee you every conversation in the locker room sounds like this:


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