“For years, it's been clear that there is no risk that I was going to take Tom Brady's job as quarterback of the New England Patriots. But I can tell you that as of today, it's pretty clear that there's no risk of him taking my job either,” he joked of Brady’s widely-panned news conference Thursday and failure to explain the team's alleged use of deflated footballs.
“That was kind of fun, right?” Earnest proudly boasted of his zinger. “Actually, I came up with that on my own.”
Earnest went on to tout their similarities.
“The thing that is clear, though, about Mr. Brady's job is that it does cause him to make snap decisions in very high-pressure situations, and he does it very well. He also is in a position where those decisions are regularly second-guessed. So I think certainly on that level, he and I can relate to one another,” he said.
“But at the same time, he also is preparing for his sixth Super Bowl, so ...”
Jokes aside, Earnest would not weigh in on whether he thought Brady or the Patriots should be penalized by the NFL.
And he also did not have any reaction from the president to pass along.