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Shady Brady: Bill Belichick Throws Tom Brady Under The Bus As Richard Sherman Weighs In

January 22, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Shady Brady: Bill Belichick Throws Tom Brady Under The Bus As Richard Sherman Weighs In Image courtesy of tbo.com

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New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick declined to protect his star quarterback at a Thursday news conference, which was called to discuss the scandal involving deflated footballs in the AFC championship game that put his team in the Super Bowl.

The toned down coach said “like fans everywhere – only learned about the intricacies of pigskin air pressure this week, after the NFL announced the Patriots used illegally under inflated balls in the game, played in Foxboro, Mass., in bad weather.”

“I think we all know that quarterbacks, kickers and specialists have certain preferences,” Belichick said. “Tom’s personal preferences on footballs are something he can talk about.”

Critics say the team, which has been accused of cheating before, may have benefited in the 45-7 blowout of the Indianapolis Colts by using softer footballs that may have been easier to throw and catch in the rain.

In the NFL, game balls are tested prior to kickoff to ensure air pressure is between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, but then each team manages them during the contest.

Eleven of the 12 balls the Patriots used were found to be below the bottom of the range, and the NFL is investigating.

“When I came in Monday morning, I was shocked to learn of the reports about the footballs,” Belichick said. “I had no knowledge of the various steps involved in the game balls and the process it went through and what happened. So I learned a lot about that.”

Asked if he had talked to Brady about what is being called “Deflate-gate,” Belichick simply said, “I have no explanation for what happened” before cutting the morning news conference off.

Brady will address the issue at Foxboro stadium at 4 p.m. ET. Since Monday, Brady has stayed silent on the issue, when he said on a regular appearance on the New England radio station WEEI that the reports were “ridiculous.”

“I think I’ve heard it all at this point,” Brady said. “That’s the least of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”

But that was before the NFL confirmed that the balls were under inflated, and possibly tampered with. Brady likely will be forced to talk to NFL investigators, who are taking the matter seriously ahead of the sport’s biggest game on Feb. 1. The scandal has already cast a shadow over the event, partly because it involves a team that has cheated before.

The Patriots were penalized a first-round draft pick, fined $250,000 and Belichick was personally fined $500,000 after an investigation by the NFL determined the team had illegally videotaped their opponents’ hand signals during a 2007 game.

And unsubstantiated accusations of cheating have long dogged the team, stemming from their Super Bowl wins in 2002, 2004 and 2005. The St. Louis Rams claimed the team illegally videotaped their walk-through practices prior to the 2002 game, and players on the other defeated opponents have said the Patriots seemed to have inside knowledge of their playbooks.

The Patriots lost the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2012, both times to the New York Giants.

According to NFL rules, home teams are required to provide 36 balls for outdoor games and make the balls available for testing with a pressure gauge prior to the game.

Belichick pledged to cooperate with the league investigation, but insisted that he is clean.

“I have never talked to any player, staff member about football air pressure,” he said. “That is not a subject that I have ever brought up.”

Outspoken and brash Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman finally weighed in on “Deflate Gate” saying: “If it’s against the rules, it’s against the rules,” Sherman said Wednesday. “But it’s not going to have any effect on this game. Nobody is going to get suspended [for the Super Bowl], and nothing’s going to happen. We’re gonna play this game. Whatever they did, the risk/reward was greater.”

He went on to needle Brady saying:

“I think people somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady that he is just a clean-cut does everything right and never says a bad word to anyone – and we know him to be otherwise” Sherman told a press conference.

“In that moment of him being himself, he said some things and we returned the favour and unfortunately he apparently didn’t remember what he said,” added Sherman.

According to Sherman, Brady had been taunting the Seahawks defense throughout the game.

“He was pretty much saying that we were nobodies and that we should come up to him after they got the win. We should take that pretty well? Cool, can I get your autograph too?” said the 26-year-old Californian.

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