Brady on NFL ‘Deflategate’ suspension: Still Denies Wrongdoing
New England Patriots Tom Brady denied on Wednesday (July 29) he had destroyed his cell phone to avoid giving it to NFL investigators.
Brady issued his statement a day after National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld a four-game suspension of the quarterback for his part in an alleged scheme to deflate footballs below league standards in the game that put the Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl.
“I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the four-game suspension against me,” Brady said in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft threw his support behind his player, considered one of the NFL’s all-time greats.
“I was wrong to put my faith in the league,” Kraft said in blasting Goodell for upholding the suspension. “I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady.”
NFL’s commissioner said Brady’s conduct suggested he was attempting to conceal evidence.
Brady said he replaced his broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 after his attorneys made clear to the NFL that his phone would not be subjected to investigation.
Said Brady, “I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January,” Brady wrote, referring to the American Football Conference game won by the Patriots.