Starting the season with a clean slate. Before returning to the field this weekend, Tom Brady wanted to speak out about his recent Deflategate overturn. The New England Patriots quarterback took to his official Facebook account on Friday, Sept. 4, to discuss the situation and apologize to the NFL.
“The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season. I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience,” Brady, 38, wrote. “I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful. My thanks also to the union’s legal team who has fought so hard right along with me.”
As previously reported, a federal judge dismissed Brady’s four-game suspension, which stemmed from claims that Brady knew about Patriots staffers deflating footballs before the AFC Championship game back in January. The Pats won with a score of 45-7 against the Indianapolis Colts at the time, went on to beat the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX. Brady was suspended in May, but fought back by filing a lawsuit with the NFL Players Association.
“While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. I don’t think it has been good for our sport — to a large degree, we have all lost. I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation. I love the NFL,” Brady wrote Friday. “It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud.”
He continued: “I look forward to the competition on the playing field and I hope the attention of NFL fans can return to where it belongs — on the many great players and coaches who work so hard every week, and sacrifice so much, to make this game great. Most importantly, I look forward to representing the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our season opener. I hope to make all of our fans proud this year … and beyond!”
Brady’s career may be back on track, but his personal life is a different story. As exclusively revealed in the new issue of Us Weekly, the athlete’s marriage with Gisele Bundchen is on the rocks. A source told Us that the couple began to have heated arguments amid the scandal in May, and the model even consulted a divorce lawyer. Despite their troubles, though, Bundchen was spotted supporting Brady at one of his NYC court hearings on Aug. 31.
Hours after his Facebook post, Bundchen also posted an Instagram photo of Brady playing with their 2-year-old daughter, Vivian. “and my heart melts …#biggestlove #family,” she wrote.