Tom Brady Deflategate

Tom Brady finally opens up about deflategate. During the 2016 NFL season, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was forced to sit out the first four games of the season. This is so because of his role in the deflategate scandal.

The scandal started at the end of the 2014 season. When the Indianapolis Colts accused the Patriots of using deflated balls during the AFC Championship Game. As expected, the team denied the allegations. However, Brady was suspended because the league felt there was no way he couldn’t tell that the balls weren’t properly inflated.

After the suspension was handed down, Brady sued the league. He won allowing him to play all 16 games in the 2015 season. However, the NFL won its appeal of the ruling. The suspension was back in place for the 2016 season. After battling the league for over a year, Brady decided to give up the fight. He sat out the four games.

The Patriots went 3-1 in Brady’s absence, but lost only one game after he returned, leading the team to their fifth Super Bowl win.

Tom Brady Deflategate

Deflategate Scandal

For the first time since the saga ended, Brady talked about the suspension in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

When asked why he gave up the fight, Brady said, “Just too much anxiety,” he said. “I realized I couldn’t win. It was divided attention and I was tired of that, tired of waking up and having a call with someone from the Players Association. I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to use this as an opportunity, to have the month of September off for the first time in like 16, 21 years, and ‘I’m going to take advantage of this.'”

The future Hall of Famer also talked about the lessons he learned from the ordeal.

“I think it taught me a lot of things,” Brady explained about Deflategate. “It taught me about the people I could really count on, the people that really supported me, and it taught me a lot about life. Sometimes you do the best you can do, and it doesn’t work out. There are a lot of frustrations. I tried to fight as hard as I could for what I believed in.”

July 21, 2018 by : Posted in news No Comments

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