Tom Brady is currently in the middle of a press conference to address the major allegations that the New England Patriots played with deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game this past weekend.
Eleven of the twelve balls on the Patriots side after half-time were found to be under-inflated. Under-inflated balls can be found to help grip and is a violation of the NFL’s rules.
“I didn’t alter the ball in any way…our equipment guys do a great job of breaking the balls in. When I pick those balls out, at that point, to me, they’re perfect. I don’t want anyone touching the balls after that. To me those balls are perfect. And that’s what I expect when I show up on the field,” Tom, the Quarterback of the Patriots and husband to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, said about picking balls before a game.
“I don’t believe [I'm a cheater.] I would never do anything to break the rules,” Tom said. “It’s a very competitive league. I believe in fair play.”
Tom also said the first he heard of “deflate-gate” was Monday morning, after the AFC Championship game. “I was surprised as anybody when I heard what was happening….I have no knowledge of anything. I’m very comfortable saying that.”
The press also asked Tom if he actually felt a difference in the footballs’ weight from the first half to the second half. “From the first half to the second half, I didn’t think twice about it,” Tom said.
“This isn’t ISIS, no one is dying…” Tom added when further questioned.
Tom‘s New England Patriots are set to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday (February 1) in the Super Bowl. The Patriots won the game against the Indianapolis Colts in a huge 45-7.
Watch the complete press conference below…
Tom Brady Full “Deflate-Gate” Press Conference