Transcript for Tom Brady's Take on Deflategate
In the world of pro sports, Tom Brady is on the short list of athletes who seem to have it all. The looks, the money, the wife. And a chance to win the super bowl this year. Today that world was shaken a bit. This team under fire for the alleged cheating scandal known as deflate-gate. The star qb now forced to play defense. Tom Brady, superstar quarterback, a-list celebrity with the super model wife. But tonight, squaring off against allegations brought on by deflate-gate. I didn't alter the ball in any way. Denying any part of the latest scandal that has the sports world abuzz. In the conference championship Sunday, even though Brady handled the ball we counted over 40 times in the first half, it wasn't until d'qwell Jackson intercepted a pass that questions were raised about an unfair advantage. At halftime, NFL officials discovering 11 of the 12 balls did not measure up. The NFL's golden boy left scrambling to defend his reputation. I get the snap, I drop back, I throw the ball. I grip it and I try to throw the ball. That's the extent of me touching the football. So I don't sit there and, you know, try to squeeze it and determine that. If that's what the colts wanted to do, then that's what they want to do. But not everyone is buying it. Former players angrily accusing him at best of trickeration. At worst, something more serious. I don't believe there is an equipment manager in the NFL on his own initiative would deflate a ball without the quarterback's approval. I just didn't believe what Tom Brady had to say. I could not believe what I heard. I'm so disappointed. Because I thought this was a perfect opportunity for Tom Brady to go and say, you know what, I made a mistake, I blew it. It's on me. I'll take the blame here. And this will go away. He didn't do that. He didn't have any direct answers to give about the chain of custody of the footballs. He may not have individual knowledge, but it was never addressed what have you instructed people to do, have you ever instructed them to make those changes. Even new England's head coach, bill belichick, shifting a spotlight on to a star qb. Tom's personal preferences on his footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail. So will Brady's good guy image take a sack? I don't know if the fans are going to turn on Tom Brady, those who support and like him a lot. I think the hard core new England fans say this is much ado about nothing. Because let's do remember this fact. They brought in properly inflated footballs in the second half. The patriots were more dominant in that half than the first half. If I don't know something, I don't know something. I don't know what to say other than that. As the league continues to investigate, the only explanation offered to date, rob gronkowski's Been turned down for credit by the car
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