With less than one week till the biggest game of his 2015 season remaining, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still talking a lot about the last one.
"Deflate-gate," the scandal surrounding the revelation that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the Patriots were under-inflated in their AFC championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts, is not going away. Brady said Monday morning during an interview on Boston's WEEI radio that he's taken the scandal personally.
"It's all speculation," Brady said. "I've tried to wrap my head around it, too. I've done that and I'm trying to move past that, because I continue to try to rehash things. I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me, and my feelings got hurt."
"I picked 24 balls, that's what I picked," Brady said Monday. "Whatever happened after I did it and whatever the situation was where they measured them, I have no idea [about] any of those facts."
The Patriots' focus is now entirely on Super Bowl XLIX, where they will battle the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, Brady insisted.
On Sunday, Brady told ESPN he doesn't expect the league to talk to him until after the big game. So far, the NFL has remained tight-lipped about its investigation, and hasn't given any hints about when or if it will levy any punishments over the Patriots' breaking of the rules.
The Patriots are no stranger to controversy. In 2007, the team was punished for videotaping sideline signals used by the New York Jets during a 2007 game, in a controversy that became known as "Spygate." Belichick was fined $500,000, and the team was docked $250,000 and stripped of its 2008 first-round draft pick.