Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's Former Bodyguards Sentenced to Prison

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

NEW YORK - MAY 04:  NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attends 'The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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Two bodyguards for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen crossed the line while looking after the power couple in 2009, and now they're being forced to pay the price.

According to Sky News, the guards in question fired gunshots at photographers in Costa Rica in April 2009 while Brady and Bundchen were celebrating their recent marriage.

Miguel Solis of Costa Rica and Alexander Rivas of Colombia were each sentenced to five years in prison for attempted murder. A third guard, Manuel Valverde, was acquitted of the charges against him.

Per the report, Solis and Rivas were also ordered to pay $10,000 each in damages to the two photographers on whom they opened fire.    

Brady and Bundchen have been one of the world's most famous couples since they first started dating in 2006, so it certainly isn't surprising that photographers were hoping to catch a glimpse of them in Costa Rica.

It's understandable that Solis and Rivas were entrusted with the task of protecting the couple while ensuring their privacy as well, but the court determined that they ultimately abused that power by using excessive force in a situation that didn't call for it.

This situation may be weighing on Brady to some extent; however, he certainly can't allow it to distract him from the task at hand for himself and the Patriots.

New England (7-3) is coming off a controversial loss to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night, and a huge matchup with the Denver Broncos (9-1) on Sunday Night Football is looming in Week 12.

The Pats need Brady to be at his very best in the coming weeks with the regular season winding down, and based on the level of professionalism he has displayed over the course of his career, it's unlikely that Brady will allow the buzz surrounding this story to impact his on-field play.   


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