January 25, 2015

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady appeared separately before reporters on January 22nd, with both saying they have no explanation for why 11 out of 12 of their game footballs from the AFC championship game they won last Sunday were significantly underinflated.


Belichick repeatedly said he didn’t know why the balls were deflated, and stated that football pressure isn’t something he thinks about.

Brady, who said he hasn’t been contacted by the NFL, even though the league has been investigating for days, also said he didn’t know what happened, but insisted, “I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” and stated, “I would never do anything outside the rules of play.”

While acknowledging that he likes the football to be at the low end of air pressure allowed under the rules, Brady said he doesn’t think about it during the game, saying, “I get the snap, I drop back, I throw the ball. I don’t sit there and try to squeeze it and determine that.”