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Do You Believe Tom Brady’s Comments About #DeflateGate?

Submitted by on January 23, 2015 – 10:36 amNo Comment

Over the course of the last five days, the only thing that anyone in the sports world has wanted to talk about is #DeflateGate—the controversy involving the New England Patriots allegedly deflating the footballs that they provided for their AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots have denied any wrongdoing and said that they did not deflate the balls on purpose. But an NFL investigation has reportedly found that 11 of the 12 balls that they provided for the game were under-inflated. So surely, someone within the New England organization had to know something about the deflated balls, right?

You would think. But yesterday, both Pats head coach Bill Belichick and Pats quarterback Tom Brady went on the record and said that they didn’t know anything about it. And while people have some reason to believe Belichick—it’s conceivable that he didn’t touch a football at all that day—they don’t seem to be buying Brady’s comments about #DeflateGate. Because during a press conference that he held yesterday, he denied having any knowledge of the footballs being deflated, even though he spent most of the day on Sunday with a football in his hands.

“I was as surprised as anybody when I heard Monday morning what was happening,” Brady said. “I was very shocked to hear it, so I almost laughed it off thinking that it was more sour grapes than anything. And it ends up being a very serious thing.”

Brady also said that he doesn’t routinely squeeze footballs to check their air pressure. He more or less just sees how they feel as far as grip is concerned.

“I’m not squeezing them, that’s not part of my process,” he said. “I grab it. I feel the lace, the leather. I feel the tack on the ball. That’s really what you go for.”

The problem here is that, when you really think about it, it’s hard to believe that Brady didn’t know what was going on with regards to the deflated footballs. Maybe he didn’t play a key role in deflating them himself. But when he started playing on Sunday, he had to know that the footballs weren’t as inflated as they usually are. He’s a guy who has played in the NFL for more than a decade now. So it’s crazy to think that he picked up the footballs and didn’t notice that they were deflated. It’s why so many people, including former NFL quarterbacks like Mark Brunell, don’t believe Brady’s take on #DeflateGate:

What do you think about what Brady had to say about the controversy? Do you think he was in on it, or is it possible that the footballs were deflated without his knowledge and that he didn’t notice that something was off during the game?

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