New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady danced around the Ted Wells Report about Deflategate -- the controversy about the Pats using under-inflated balls -- during a live interview with Jim Gray at Salem State University Thursday. Gray did not directly ask Brady if he knew the balls were under-inflated, but instead asked him how he felt.
“I don’t have really any reaction," Brady, 37, said about the Deflategate report, which says it is "probable" that Brady knew the balls had been tampered with by Patriots staffers. "It’s only been 30 hours so I haven’t had much time to digest it. But when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how I feel about it." He added: "And everybody else."
The star quarterback said he was a slow reader who didn’t have a chance to finish the 243-page report by the NFL investigator. “My athletic career has been better than my academic career. I’m used to reading x's and o’s. This was a litter longer,” he explained.
He also didn’t answer about when he would provide a public statement either. “Hopefully soon. There’s still a process that’s going forth right now. I’m involved in that process. Whenever it happens, it happens,” Brady said.
When asked if he was bothered by Deflategate, Brady chalked it up to one of the many adversities he’s faced in his life. “I dealt with a lot of things in the past. I dealt with this three months ago before the Super Bowl. I’m dealt with a lot of adversity over the course of my career and my life,” he said.
But, ultimately, Brady said that he is “blessed” with family and friends who love him.
As for whether or not Deflategate spoiled his 2015 Super Bowl win, Brady said “absolutely not.” He added: “We earned and achieved everything we got this year as a team and I’m proud of that.”
The crowd, which had greeted him with cheers of "MVP!", roared its agreement.
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