Just a day after National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league will be upholding the suspension of Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback responds with a statement that he published on his Facebook page.
Moreover, he gets public support from the Patriots owner and The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) too.
In his statement, Brady began by remarking that he is innocent of any wrongdoing when it comes to “deflategate” controversy.
“I am very disappointed.”
He said, “I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.”
Furthermore, he believed that he was being suspended because the league believed it was simply “probable” that Brady was “generally aware” of misconduct. Brady also claimed, “He dismissed my (6) hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.”
Answer to the cellphone question
Meanwhile, when it came to the subject of Brady having his cellphone destroyed at the time of the investigation, the quarterback also made it clear that he did not replace his phone with any malicious intent.
He said, “I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.”
Commissioner Goodell’s final decision statement also claimed that Brady sent text messages about deflating the footballs.
Moreover, the statement said the a record with regard to Brady’s 10,000 text messages “includes text messages between Mr. Jastremski and Mr. McNally in which Mr. McNally refers to himself as “the deflator”; that expressly refer to inflation and deflation of footballs and “needles” in the context of deflating footballs; and that reflect Mr. McNally’s requests for cash, shoes, clothing and items autographed by Mr. Brady.”
To this, Brady responded, ” I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.”
Just the same, Brady is already determined to get back to his games and put the scandal behind him.
He said, “I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season.”
Support for Tom Brady
Meanwhile, NFLPA thinks that the decision to suspend Brady is unfair.
The association said, ” The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors.”
Meanwhile, Patriots owner Robert Kraft also spoke out in support of Brady.
In a statement, he said, “The decision handed down by the league yesterday is unfathomable to me. It is routine for discipline in the NFL to be reduced upon appeal. In the vast majority of these cases there is tangible and hard evidence of the infraction for which the discipline is being imposed and still the initial penalty gets reduced. Six months removed from the AFC Championship game, the league still has no hard evidence of anybody doing anything to tamper with the psi level of footballs.” At the same time, Kraft also made it clear, ” I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady.”
In addition, Kraft also apologized to Patriots fans for choosing not to take legal action against the penalties imposed on the team by the NFL including a find and loss of draft choices.
To this, the Patriots owner said, “I acted in good faith and was optimistic that by taking the actions I took, the league would have what they wanted. I was willing to accept the harshest penalty in the history of the NFL for an alleged ball violation because I believed it would help exonerate Tom.”
Now Kraft believes he was “wrong to put my faith in the league.” As for the next steps, the NFLPA has stated that it “will appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of Tom Brady.”