Tom Brady Releases Statement on Deflate Gate – Says He Did Nothing Wrong
Tom Brady is speaking out on “deflate gate” and the NFL’s decision to uphold his four game suspension. Deflate Gate stems from the the AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts, where the Patriots were accused of tampering with the footballs used during the game. Accusations that have been denied.
Brady stands firm that he did nothing wrong and either did anyone in the Patriot’s organization and has released a statement saying so. Released on Brady’s Facebook page the statement said:
“I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.
Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was “probable” that I was “generally aware” of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.
I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.
Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong. He continued,
I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioners authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.”
What do you think about what Tom Brady’s statement? This has been an ongoing discussion since January. Can we now move on? The NFL has made their decision. Hopefully we can move on before the 2015/2016 football season begins?