Tom Brady has broken his silence on “Deflategate,” the cheating scandal that has hung over him, his team, the NFL, and countless fantasy leagues for seven months, MSN is reporting.
Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman overruled Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the matter — a suspension that was to begin this week and last four games — citing procedural problems and a lack of evidence in the NFL’s case against Brady. The NFL has appealed the ruling, but it could be months before the appeal is heard, and Brady is not expected to miss any games this season due to the suspension. As of this post, Tom Brady is expected to be the starting quarterback when the New England Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL season opener Thursday night.
On Friday night, just over a day after Judge Berman’s ruling, Brady posted a statement on Facebook, lamenting the toll the issue has taken on his team, the NFL, and the fans.
“While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. I don’t think it has been good for our sport — to a large degree, we have all lost. I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation. I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud.”
By Sunday, however, Brady made it clear — politely but firmly — that he is done talking about “Deflategate” and would rather focus on the job at hand, according to ESPN. Speaking to Pittsburgh media over the weekend, Brady deflected questions about the scandal and instead insisted on keeping the discussion focused on the field.
“I’ve been dealing with that for seven months. I’m really at the point where I’m focused on the Steelers… It’s time for me to do my job.”
Meanwhile, the NFL — whether intentionally or unintentionally — took a not-so-subtle dig at Tom Brady on Sunday night, sending out a tweet asking fans which two quarterbacks will square off against each other in Super Bowl 50. The tweet — which has since been deleted — included pictures of several top NFL quarterbacks, but not defending Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. (You can see a screenshot of the deleted tweet here.)
Tom Brady and the Patriots will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern time).
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