October 12, 2020 | 4:43pm
Tom Brady showed he can laugh at himself while congratulating LeBron James for winning his fourth NBA title Sunday night.
Brady on Monday tweeted a photoshopped image of James wearing the quarterback’s No. 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey while holding up four fingers.
“Congrats to my brother @KingJames on winning his 4th championship,” Brady wrote. “Not bad for a washed up old guy.”
The 43-year-old Brady had been questioned following the Bucs’ 20-19 loss last Thursday night to the Chicago Bears for likely losing track of the downs late in the game.
With Tampa Bay needing a field goal to take the lead, Brady threw an incomplete pass on fourth down and then held up four fingers, despite already turning the ball over on downs.
The 35-year-old James led the Los Angeles Lakers to their first championship since 2010 with a six-game elimination of the Miami Heat, winning his fourth career championship (with three teams) and his fourth Finals MVP award.
Afterward, he demanded, “I want my damn respect.”
Brady, who won six Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots, is 3-2 with the Bucs entering this week’s home game against unbeaten Green Bay.