New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension for the scandal known as Deflategate, writing Wednesday in a 507-word Facebook post: “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.”
Breaking his silence a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the punishment, Brady also denied destroying his cellphone to keep it out of the hands of investigators.
“To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong,” the three-time Super Bowl MVP said. “There is no ‘smoking gun’ and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.”
I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one...
Posted by Tom Brady on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Doug Tribou of NPR and WBUR’s Only A Game discusses Brady’s statement and the accusations against him, with Here & Now’s Robin Young.
The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.
- Doug Tribou, covers sports for NPR’s Only A Game. He tweets @DougTribou.