Tom Brady has chosen to remain silent thus far in the wake of the so-called “Deflategate” report issued by independent attorney Ted Wells on Wednesday. The findings say Brady, the New England Patriots’ superstar quarterback, “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” by two team employees that resulted in footballs being underinflated in January’s AFC Championship Game victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
But Brady’s father offered an emphatic defense of his four-time Super Bowl-winning son’s character and sportsmanship.
“I don’t have any doubt about my son’s integrity — not one bit,” Tom Brady Sr. told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday after the investigation’s publication.
“In this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty. It just seems Tommy is now guilty until proven innocent.
“This thing is so convoluted. … They say that possibly — possibly — he was aware of this. The reality is if you can’t prove he did it, then he’s innocent, and lay off him. That’s the bottom line.”
Brady Sr. strongly stated the NFL was far more concerned about its image than that of the three-time Super Bowl MVP, long one of the faces of the league.
“The league had to cover themselves,” Brady Sr. said. “The reality is they had no conclusive evidence.
“This was Framegate right from the beginning.”
Brady Sr. also said the Wells report contradicted itself after finding four of the Colts’ footballs were underinflated along with 11 of 12 used by New England.
“How can Tommy defend himself? It’s impossible,” Brady Sr. said. “This is so distorted. To have something come out like this and say it’s more probable than not? What does that mean?
“I’m watching the NFL Network saying he could be fined and suspended. Are you kidding me?”
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SOURCE: USA Today – Jim Corbett