[Ed. – Now there’s a (bleeping) surprise.]
At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Brady maintained: “I didn’t alter the ball in any way.”
“I have no knowledge of anything,” Brady explained. “I have no knowledge of any wrongdoing.”
The two-time MVP said that the NFL has not contacted him yet on the matter and that he discussed the matter with New England’s equipment staff and that they deny altering the balls. Brady said he believes them.
Brady said he likes a ball inflated at the 12.5 minimum. “Everybody has a preference,” he conceded. “Some guys like them round. Some guys like them thin.” A winter-capped Brady says he doesn’t think about footballs once the game starts. A reporter noted that Brady went 9 for 9 to start the second half with the fully inflated balls. Brady said he didn’t notice a difference between the first half balls and the ones used in the second half.