The NFLPA released yesterday, Tom Brady’s full testimony transcript of the Quarterback’s appeal to Roger Goodell.
Tom Brady was under oath during the questioning and denies knowing anything about the football’s being deflated.
The Boston Globe broke down a few key points that I’ll post here, like Brady’s response to deflation in footballs.
From the Boston Globe, they post the questions Brady’s attorney Jeffrey Kessler’s asks the star QB:
“Q. Okay. As you are sitting here today, I am going to ask you to be very clear. Did you ever give anyone any directions or instructions or authorization, anything, for the AFC Championship Game that they should alter, change, lower the pressure of footballs?
A. Absolutely not.
Q. Okay. You never authorized it?
Q. Okay. Do you know somebody did it despite your authorization?
A. I don’t know what you mean.
Q. In other words, are you aware that, even [though] you didn’t authorize it, they did it anyway?
Q. Are you aware of that?
Brady also told Goodell he does not believe the ball boys did anything to the footballs.
“I don’t think so, and that’s why I believe they didn’t do anything, because I know that, you know, how particular I am with the way that the ball feels,” Brady said. “So I don’t think that anyone would tamper with the ball.”
Brady also explained his cell phone being destroyed.
“So I have always told the guy who swaps them out for me, make sure you get rid of the phone,” he said. “And what I mean is destroy the phone so that no one can ever, you know, reset it or do something where I feel like the information is available to anybody.”
“Q. And because your forensic expert didn’t have access to the phone that was being used during what I’m calling this gap period, he couldn’t review the text messages, the content of the text messages that were sent and received during this gap period, correct?
A. I think we tried to provide him with everything that we possibly could, you know, to that point. If the phone was already taken out of service, then it was —
Q. You couldn’t provide him with a phone that had been destroyed, correct?
A. Or that I had given to my assistant, whether he destroyed it or not.
Q. That you gave to your assistant for the purposes of destruction, correct?
Q. Was that your purpose? Was that your plan when you provided the discarded phone to your assistant, that your assistant would destroy the phone?
A. That was kind of the normal routine.
Q. So that was your expectation when you, provided that phone to your assistant that the phone would be, in fact, destroyed, correct?
Brady also showed the league the letter AT&T sent him about retrieving his text messages.
“This is because AT&T does not retain the content of text messages once those messages are delivered to the recipient,” the letter read. “If AT&T is not able to deliver a text message within 72 hours, it is deleted.”
Brady also told the league, he didn’t notice the difference in the footballs.
“You don’t squeeze the golf club,” he said. “You handle it very gently. And that’s the same way I hold a football.”
Brady said he never cared about the PSI except after the Jets game when it was 16PSI.
“So whether it’s 12.5 or 12.6 or 12.7 or 12.8 or 12.9 or 13, all the way up to the Colts game, I still think it’s inconsequential to what the actual feel of a grip of a football would be,” he said.
Also, a big thing to come out of all of this is the fact Tom Brady said he was never told he’d punish for not handing over his cell phone and Ted Wells confirmed that, but a broken cell phone was the MAIN reason Goodell upheld his four game suspension.
Below is Brady saying he was never told that he would be punished if he did not turn over his phone.
Here is Ted Wells, even after admitting that he told Brady he would NOT be punished for not turning over his phone, saying he still used that as a reason to believe Brady was guilty.
Wow. And, Goodell used it to uphold his suspension…… If you still believe the NFL is right in this case, then I don’t know what else to say to you. The NFL has been and continues to be proven as sloppy as they come during investigations and hearings and make up the punishments.
They set up the Patriots and Brady and they paid good money to Ted Wells to find something on the Patriots.
Brady’s side also brought up Brett Farve not turning over his phone during his sexting scandal and the NFL simply fined him.
The NFL is never consistent.
If you want to read the FULL transcript, please go HERE.