Tom Brady joins company started by disgraced spin doctor Declan Kelly

Tom Brady has joined a company that was recently launched by Declan Kelly, a well-connected Clinton family pal who was ousted as CEO of powerful consulting firm Teneo last year for sexual misconduct.

Brady — who briefly left the NFL in February to focus on family and various businesses, including an NFT startup — is joining the disgraced PR guru’s new startup as a partner, The Consello Group, according to the website. of the company.

This is despite Kelly being kicked out of Teneo after he was caught frolicking drunk with six staff at a VIP fundraiser led by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last May, with inappropriate behavior which included “non-consensual touching on a number of women”. reported the Financial Times at the time.

Kelly also reportedly had a long affair with another co-worker at the powerful company he founded in 2011.

A confidante of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Kelly has openly peddled her access to the couple, people close to the former Teneo boss told the Post. Kelly’s political ties helped him recruit Bill Clinton and former Prime Minister Tony Blair to his Teneo board. Kelly was appointed Special Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland by Hillary Clinton in 2009.

So far, the most notable NFL-related title for Irish-born Kelly was when he was caught dozing off at the Super Bowl in 2020. But after stacking Teneo with political types, Kelly seems now focus on the athletes.

Declan Kelly fell asleep during the 2020 Super Bowl

In addition to Brady. Former LA Lakers player and NBA championship winner Paul Gasol is also on Consello’s advisory board.

“Tom Brady is the new Bill Clinton,” a former Teneo staffer told the Post.

“I can’t imagine him advising him on major M&A decisions or staying up late writing press releases,” the source said. “But Brady, like Clinton, has the ‘sparkling sequins that draw customers in.’

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Declan Kelly was a confidante of Hillary and Bill Clinton.
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Kelly has also brought two of his former assistants from Teneo to the new venture, a person with knowledge of The Post said. But most of the other current Teneo staff have not been approached by Kelly to jump ship, people with knowledge add.

In June, Kelly said he would take time to focus on his health and stop drinking. But it appears his free time was even shorter than Brady’s: In July, less than a month after leaving Teneo, he founded the LLC for his new company Consello, according to company filings.

Kelly’s new venture includes an investment arm, an M&A advisory and merchant banking division, and a digital currency advisory. When Kelly left Teneo in June, he signed a non-compete clause that prohibited him from opening a business too similar to Teneo, sources told The Post.

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Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen invested in crypto startup FTX last year.

But Consello’s team includes some of Kelly’s best clients at Teneo. Steve Mollenkopf, former CEO of Qualcomm — a company that has worked extensively with Teneo — is an associate of the firm, according to the company’s site.

Kelly Kramer, a former CFO of Cisco – another longtime Kelly client – ​​is a senior adviser. Oscar Salazar, co-founder and chief technology officer at Uber is also a partner in the company.

This group’s focus, people told The Post, is much more focused on financial services than communications advising Kelly at Teneo. Much like Teneo, Kelly uses bankers with deep knowledge of the M&A and crypto space.

Kelly did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Brady has built his business empire in recent years. He co-founded three companies: startup NFT, clothing group BRADY Brand, and wellness line TB12 Sports. He and his model wife Gisele Bündchen also took a stake in the $32 billion FTX crypto exchange last year.

New York Post

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