So lets just get this out of the way.
Tom Brady is the perfect human being. Just think about it: Damn good looking guy, best quarterback to ever live (not debatable), has a ton of money, married to a Brazilian super model, etc.
Anyways, Tom Brady sat down with Chuck Klosterman of GQ to talk about being the best human being on the face of the planet. He took some pictures, answered some fluff questions, but things were a little testy when Deflategate came up. Check it out. Note: Its annoyingly long, so I'm sorry.
There’s one element of the Wells Report that I find fascinating: The report concludes that you had a “general awareness” of the footballs being deflated. The report doesn’t say you were aware. It says you were generally aware. So I’m curious—would you say that categorization is accurate? I guess it depends on how you define the word generally. But was that categorization true or false?
[pause] 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.
Oh, I realize that. But here’s the thing: If we don’t talk about this, the fact that you refused to talk about it will end up as the center of the story. I mean, how can you not respond to this question? It’s a pretty straightforward question.
I’ve had those questions for eight months and I’ve answered them, you know, multiple times for many different people, so--
I don’t think you have, really. When I ask, “Were you generally aware that this was happening,” what is the answer?
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.
Do you feel what has happened over these eight months has changed the way the Patriots are perceived?
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.
But what you’re suggesting is that the reality of this is subjective. It’s not. Either you were “generally aware” of this or you weren’t.
I understand what you’re trying to get at. I think that my point is: I’m not adding any more to this debate. I’ve already said a lot about this--
Tom, you haven’t. I wouldn’t be asking these questions if you had. There’s still a lack of clarity on this.
Chuck, go read the transcript from a five-hour appeal hearing. It’s still ongoing.
I realize it’s still ongoing. But what is your concern? That by answering this question it will somehow--
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.
So you’re just not going to comment on any of this? About the idea of the balls being underinflated or any of the other accusations made against the Patriots regarding those first three Super Bowl victories? You have no comments on any of that?
Right now, in my current state in mid-October, dealing with the 2015 football season—I don’t have any interest in talking about those events as they relate to any type of distraction that they may bring to my team in 2015. I do not want to be a distraction to my football team. We’re in the middle of our season. I’m trying to do this as an interview that was asked of me, so… If you want to revisit everything and be another big distraction for our team, that’s not what I’m intending to do.
But if I ask you whether or not you were generally aware of something and you refuse to respond, any rational person is going to think you’re hiding something.
Chuck, I’ve answered those questions for many months. There is no--
Were you not informed by any of the people around you that these questions were going to be asked?
[sort of incredulously] No. I was--
This is ongoing litigation.
Okay, well I appreciate you taking--
I appreciate it.
—the time to talk to me. Sorry, man.
Okay, I know that its a lot to read and take in, but its kind of worth the read. I see both sides of the argument here and, truthfully, I don't think either of these guys did anything wrong.
For Klosterman, this is the first real sit-down that Brady has done since Deflategate. If he doesn't ask some questions, even if Brady won't answer him, then he wouldn't be doing his job. However, he probably should have taken the hint after the 35th Deflategate question that Brady wasn't having any of it.
For Brady, he's completely right. This is an ongoing investigation and if he said anything, then he wouldn't be doing himself any favors, to say the least. Plus, I love how Brady gets a little angry at the end. Crazy Tom is the best Tom.
It's not really an interesting piece, but anything that has Tom Brady's gorgeous face on it is immediately a #1 seller and my favorite read.
If you want to read the entire piece, you can find it here.
The “Men of the Year” issue goes on sale nationwide Nov. 24.
By Pete Packowski