Tom Brady on Deflate-Gate: “I Didn’t Alter the Ball in Any Way, I Don’t Believe I’m a Cheater”

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Tom Brady addressed claims he cheated during his AFC Championship game in a press conference on Jan. 22.  John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Tom Brady wants to set the record straight. On Thursday, Jan. 22, the New England Patriots quarterback spoke at a press conference about the recent “Deflate-gate” that has followed the Patriots’ victorious Jan. 18 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts initially raised their concerns with deflated Patriots' footballs back in November when Colts safety Mike Adams intercepted the ball from Brady, 37, and later saved the balls for inspection. 

After the Colts lost 7 to 45 during Sunday's game, and the Patriots were secured for the 2015 Super Bowl to face off against the Seattle Seahawks, the Indianapolis team brought up “Deflate-gate” again.

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Tom Brady addresses the press on Jan. 22 about deflate-gate. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

“We are continuing our review and will provide an update as soon as possible,” the NFL said in a statement this week.

During his Thursday press conference, Brady claimed, “I have no knowledge of anything. I’m very comfortable with saying no one knew. I don’t know what happened during the course of the process with the football. I was preparing for my game.”

When pressured with more ball-related questioning, Gisele Bundchen’s husband replied, “I didn’t alter the ball in any way. I don’t believe I’m a cheater.”

Earlier in the day, Patriots coach Bill Belichick pointed the finger at his star player, saying in his own press conference, “Tom’s personal preferences on his footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail and information than I could possibly provide. I have no explanation for what happened.” 

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