Tom Brady is on the cover of the new issue of GQ magazine and was asked about “DeflateGate”, but he deflected over and over. Tom had the time to take these wonderful shots for the magazine, but when it came to the football controversy, he said it would be a short interview.
At first, he talked about not ever wanting to be a politician. He told the magazine, “There is 0.000 chance of me ever wanting to do that. I just think that no matter what you’d say or what you’d do, you’d be in a position where you know, you’re politicking. You know? Like, I think the great part about what I do is that there’s a scoreboard. At the end of every week, you know how you did. You know how well you prepared. You know whether you executed your game plan. There’s a tangible score. I think in politics, half the people are gonna like you and half the people are not gonna like you, no matter what you do or what you say. It’s like there are no right answers. If there were, everyone would choose the right answers. They’re all opinions.”
When asked if he was “generally aware” that the footballs were being deflated, he said, “I don’t really wanna talk about stuff like this. There are several reasons why. One is that it’s still ongoing. So I really don’t have much to say, because it’s – there’s still an appeal going on.”
The interviewer pushed again for more info, but was shut down again. He said, “I’ve had those questions for eight months and I’ve answered them, you know, multiple times for many different people, so–”
The interviewer then asked again if he was generally aware of the situation. To that he said, “I’m not talking about that because there’s still ongoing litigation. It has nothing to do with the personal question that you’re trying to ask, or the answer you’re trying to get. I’m not talking about anything as it relates to what’s happened over the last eight months. I’ve dealt with those questions for eight months. It’s something that – obviously I wish that we were talking about something different. But like I said, it’s still going on right now. And there’s nothing more that I really want to add to the subject. It’s been debated and talked about, especially in Boston, for a long time.”
When asked if the controversy changed the way the Patriots are perceived, he said, “I don’t really care how the Patriots are perceived, truthfully. I really don’t. I really don’t. Look, if you’re a fan of our team, you root for us, you believe in our team, and you believe in what we’re trying to accomplish. If you’re not a fan of us, you have a different opinion.”
He was pressed one last time for information on his general awareness of the deflated balls. He said, “I’ve already answered all those questions. I don’t want to keep revisiting what’s happened over the last eight months. Whether it’s you, whether it’s my parents, whether it’s anybody else. If that’s what you want to talk about, then it’s going to be a very short interview.”