New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has come under fire for passing an article about passive smoking that he signed on his first day of work as a Patriots employee.
Brady was on the company’s board of directors, and the executive said he was aware of the law, which requires employers to prohibit smoking in workplaces with a health code that requires them to provide adequate ventilation.
In the letter, Brady says that when he worked for the Patriots, he never smoked, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Brady also said he had no knowledge of any employees smoking or having any personal health problems, though he did not identify any current employees.
The letter was signed by Brady, a former NFL quarterback, and a former director of sales and marketing for the company, called the NFL.
Brady did not respond to messages left for comment.
Brady, who was born in New York, has been criticized by many in the sport for not following the law.
On Thursday, he posted a video to his Instagram account explaining the company policy on smoking, which he said was part of his job description.
He said the company follows federal health regulations and that employees are encouraged to exercise regular exercise.
“We have a team of doctors and scientists working to develop our program to prevent, treat and manage chronic diseases like COPD and asthma,” Brady said in the video.
“It is a team effort and it is very important to us.”
AP Sports Writer Tom Reel contributed to this report.