Tom Brady: ‘I Didn’t Alter The Ball’

Thursday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady denied altering the footballs supplied by the Patriots for the AFC championship game.

Brady said, “I didn’t, you know, have any — you know, I didn’t alter the ball in any way. As for the  process I go through before every game where I go and pick the balls that I want to — the footballs, I want to use for the game. Our equipment guys do a great job of breaking the balls in. They have a process they go through. When I pick the footballs out, at that point they’re perfect. I don’t want anyone touching the balls after that. I don’t want anyone rubbing them, putting air in them, taking any air out. To me those balls are perfect, and that’s what I expect when I show up on the field. So, that happened obviously on Sunday night. The same process that I always go through. I didn’t think anything of it. You know, I woke up Monday morning and answered a question on the radio about it. And that’s the first I really heard of it.”

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