After a weekend of speculation over Deflategate punishment, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, the team has been docked draft picks in 2016 and 2017 and has been hit with a $1 million fine.
Devin McCourty is still in Brady’s corner, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.
“We’ve got full belief in Tom as our quarterback as a leader as a man on our team,” McCourty said. “I feel the same way as everyone else does in that locker room. Whatever it is, it’ll be for our team, but we have full belief and faith in our quarterback in Tom and it’s been like that for me for six years. And that’s not going to change now.”
McCourty’s words aren’t surprising. A day after the Wells report was released, the safety retweeted a photo of Brady and called him the greatest of all-time.
Players have been back at Gillette Stadium since April 20. They’re currently in phase two of the NFL offseason program. OTAs aren’t too far away either, set to being on May 26. At this point, even after everything that’s gone on the past week, McCourty said it’s been business as usual.
“I think right now we’re just focused getting better for the offseason,” McCourty said. “We’re not worried about what’s going to happen once the season starts. It’s just too far away right now for us as a team. Right now, our heads are down and we’re just trying to get better.”
McCourty is the first member of the Patriots to speak publically since the Deflategate report was released. It’s certainly hard to ignore and McCourty is well aware of it, even if he admitted he hasn’t read the report yet.
“No,” McCourty said. “It’s like 200-something pages.”