Brady on #Deflategate: “I didn’t touch footballs after choosing them”

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP/AP) – Hours after New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the growing scandal that has come to be known as “Deflategate,” Quarterback Tom Brady spoke with members of the media.

Brady said he didn’t touch or think about the footballs used to get his team into the Super Bowl after he picked out the ones he wanted to throw. He said Thursday that he didn’t know how New England ended up using underinflated balls in its win Sunday against the Colts in the AFC Championship game.

Brady said he learned about the issue the morning after the game, and that he has not been contacted by the NFL as the league investigates whether the team cheated. During Belichick’s news conference Thursday morning, he said that he had also known nothing about deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship.

Belichick seemed to deflect the issue onto Brady during his remarks, saying “I think we all know that quarterbacks, kickers, specialists have certain preferences on footballs. They know a lot more about it than I do. They’re a lot more sensitive to it than I am. I hear them comment on it from time to time, but I can tell you and they will tell you that there is never any sympathy whatsoever from me on that subject. Zero.”

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