New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might be laughing off the deflated football controversy, but he has previously admitted that he likes the ball deflated.
In an interview with WEEI in November 2011, Brady talked about how the football deflates when tight end Rob Gronkowski spikes it after scoring a touchdown.
“But when Gronk scores – it was like his eighth touchdown of the year – he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball. I love that, because I like the deflated ball. But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes,” Brady said at the time.
The NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
“We are looking into it,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Monday. “We do not have anything further to add at this point.”
Brady laughed off the controversy during an interview with WEEI on Monday.
“I think I’ve heard it all at this point,” Brady said. “It’s ridiculous. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”