Tom Brady on ‘Deflate-Gate’: ‘I think I’ve heard it all … Oh, God. It’s ridiculous’
It seems wherever or how far the New England Patriots go, unsavory allegations are sure to follow.
Tom Brady couldn’t help but laugh off the latest accusation of in-game malfeasance to be made involving the Patriots in the wake of the team’s 45-7 throttling of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game: “Deflate-Gate.”
The controversy surrounds the accusation, first reported by Bob Kravitz of Indiana’s WTHR-TV on Sunday night, that overly deflated footballs were used by the Patriots during Sunday’s game.
The Patriots signal caller, during his weekly appearance on “WEEI Dennis & Callahan Morning Show,” seemed more amused than miffed that New England is yet again at the center of a controversy related to a perceived act of illegal gamesmanship.
“I think I’ve heard it all [now],” Brady said, via CSNNE. “Oh, God. It’s ridiculous … That’s the last of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”
NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Monday to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the league is looking into the accusation. Signora reportedly also told Rapoport that a ball was taken out of circulation during the game, presumably for subsequent investigation and testing.
The NFL rulebook states that each team must provide 12 game balls for testing before the game and that each ball must be inflated with between 12.5-13.5 pounds of air.
If the Patriots are found to have in fact used deflated footballs during the game, the team would be subject to loss of draft picks, similar to what happened to the team in the wake of 2008’s “SpyGate.”
But as far as Brady is concerned, it is absurd and laughable, all one ridiculous joke. Although it remains to be seen exactly who will get the last laugh once the NFL’s investigation is complete.