Friday, 8 May 2015

Tom Brady declines to go into detail on Wells report, Deflategate

SALEM, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declined to comment in detail Thursday about the Wells report that tied him to the underinflated footballs used by the team in January's AFC Championship.
Brady, making his first public appearance since the report's release as part of Salem State University's speaker series, was joined on stage by interviewer Jim Gray in front of a raucously supportive audience.
"Tom, it looks like you picked a pretty friendly place to reappear," Gray quipped in his opening comment.
"We are going to keep the evening as to what it was supposed to be, however there is an elephant in the room."
Gray was referring to the Wells report, and the crowd booed vehemently at its mention. Asked for his reaction, Brady said, "I don't have really any reaction. It's only been 30 hours, so I haven't had much time to digest it, but when I do I'll be sure to let you know how I feel about it — and everybody else."

Gray said, "When will that be?"
Brady responded, "Hopefully soon, hopefully soon. There's still a process that's going forth right now. Whenever it happens, it happens."
Brady continued, "I've dealt with a lot of things in the past ... and I dealt with a lot of this before the Super Bowl. I'm very fortunate to have so many people that love me, support me.
"Certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure. A lot of it you take the good with the bad. Dealing with the adversities in life, you do the best you can do.
"We'll get through it."
Gray asked him, "Has this detracted from your joy of winning the Super Bowl?
Brady responded, "Absolutely not!"

The report, released Wednesday by attorney Ted Wells, found "it is more probable than not that (Patriots staffers) Jim McNally and John Jastremski participated in a deliberate plan to circumvent the rules by releasing air from Patriots game balls," but found no wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, coach Bill Belichick and his assistants, or equipment manager Dave Schoenfeld.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued an immediate response, saying the organization is disappointed by the report, which lacked "any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs" after a three-month investigation triggered when Colts general manager Ryan Grigson tipped off NFL officials to the issue in an e-mail.
Brady's father, Tom Brady Sr., vehemently defended his son during an interview with USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.
"The league had to cover themselves," Brady Sr. said. "The reality is they had no conclusive evidence.
"This was Framegate right from the beginning."
Contributing: Jim Corbett.