Tom Brady Says He Didn’t Alter The Footballs In Any Way


Recently the New England Patriots, specifically Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, have been called cheaters because the NFL conducted an investigation and found out that the Patriots used eleven underinflated footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

When accusations like these arise, teams need leaders like Brady to step up and address the situation, and Brady did that today in a press conference.

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  • During the press conference Brady said that he was “surprised as anyone when (he) heard Monday morning what happened” and that he did not “alter the balls in any way.” He also said that he feels like he’s “always played within the rules,” and that he “believes in fair play.”

    Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

    Brady was once quoted saying that he liked his footballs a little deflated. When asked about this quote he said that he liked the balls “underinflated within the league’s limits.”

    Reporters asked Brady how he could not feel the difference from the deflated balls in the first half, to the inflated balls in the second half. In response to this he said that “from the first to the second half I didn’t put one thought into the footballs.” The referees were also unable to realize that the balls were underinflated during the first half.

    Brady expressed his frustration towards this whole ordeal when he said that he felt like deflate gate is “taking away from the game.”

    “I didn’t alter the balls in any way”-Tom Brady

    Bill Belichick took a similar approach to this situation by saying that he had no idea what had happened until Monday morning.

    This is not a good situation for the Patriots to be in ten days before their Super Bowl matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Instead of someone owning up to the deflation of the balls, everyone has been playing dumb and saying that they have no idea what happened.

    As a Pats fan, I just hope that Belichick, Brady, and the rest of the organization is ready to take on the Seahawks on February 1st, and win the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl.