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Tom Brady quote from 2011 possibly adds layer of intrigue to ‘Deflate-Gate’

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As the much-ballyhooed “Deflate-Gate” entered another day, a quote culled from a Tom Brady interview at least indicates that the New England Patriots quarterback prefers a deflated football.

Speaking about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s propensity for spiking the football during an interview with WEEI in 2011, Brady discussed how Gronk’s forceful spikes cause the footballs to deflate.

“But when Gronk scores – it was like his eighth touchdown of the year – he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball. I love that, because I like the deflated ball. But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes,” Brady said.

When asked about the supposed controversy Monday, Brady laughed it off, calling it “ridiculous.”

“I think I’ve heard it all [now],” he said. “Oh, God. It’s ridiculous … That’s the last of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”

Gronkowski, who is at the center of Brady’s suspicious — yet relatively meaningless in the grand scheme of things — also appeared amused by the “Deflate-Gate” phenomenon.

The NFL has acknowledged it is investigating the accusation, first reported by Indiana’s WTHR-TV (citing an unnamed source), that the Patriots possibly were using under-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game.

NFL executive Vice President of football operations Troy Vincent appeared on “PFT Live” on NBC Sports Radio Tuesday and said the investigation should be wrapped up within a few days and that a “team” is in New England conducting interviews.

Bill Belichick also stated Monday he will cooperate fully with the investigation. And much like Brady’s comments from years back, nothing likely will come of the NFL’s investigation’s, either.

[CBS Connecticut via New York Post]