The days before the Super Bowl are usually spent talking about the upcoming game’s matchups and strategies, but for the New England Patriots it has been nothing but controversy. With the "Deflategate" allegations surfacing to the NFL after the Patriots win over the Colts, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady both spoke at a press conference on Jan. 22.
After Belichick denied knowing anything about the incident, it was Brady’s turn to clear some things up.
Brady also denied knowing anything, and assured the media he “didn’t alter the ball in any way.”
Many former NFL quarterbacks and players were disappointed with Brady’s comments, and even choked up talking about it.
"I did not believe what Tom had to say," said an emotional Mark Brunell, former Jaguars quarterback. "Those balls were deflated. Somebody had to do it. I don't believe there's an equipment manager in the NFL that would, on his own initiative, deflate a ball without the starting QB's approval ... That football is our livelihood. If you don't feel good about throwing that ball? Your success on the football field can suffer from that."
"It's obvious that Tom Brady had something to do with this," former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman said. "For the balls to be deflated, that doesn't happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen, I can assure you of that."
"I'm so disappointed because I thought this was a perfect opportunity for Tom Brady to go and say 'You know what? I made a mistake. I blew it. It's on me. I'll take the blame here, and this will go away.' He didn't do that," former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis said. "I'm disappointed in you, Tom Brady."
The league has its hands full trying to investigate more on the subject. If Brady, or anyone in the organization is found to be guilty, the league will also have to figure out the penalty.