Tom Brady made an appearance tonight at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. for a Q&A with sportscaster Jim Gray. The event was scheduled months ago, but in light of yesterday’s release of the Wells report—which concluded that it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “generally aware” of the attempts by Patriots employees to circumvent league rules regarding the inflation of footballs—Gray spent the first few minutes asking Brady about it.
As you would probably expect from a media-trained professional like Brady, he parried away the questions and didn’t answer anything with any substance. When asked about his reaction to the report, Brady responded, “I don’t have really any reaction, Jim. Our owner commented on it yesterday. It’s only been 30 hours so I haven’t had much time to digest it fully. But when I do I will be sure to let you know how I feel about it, and everybody else.” At least Jim Gray responded with a pretty good burn: “Are you that slow of a reader?”
When Gray followed up and asked when he would publicly address the report, Brady gave as useless of a non-answer as possible: “Hopefully soon. Hopefully soon. There is still a process that is going forth right now, and I am involved in that process, and whenever it happens it happens, and I’ll certainly want to be very comfortable in how I feel about the statements that I make.”
The only other exchange of note was this bizarre one, about whether the Patriots’s Super Bowl victory should be considered tainted.
Gray: Is the Super Bowl tainted? Should there be an asterisk? [audience boos]
Brady: What do you guys think? [audience boos] Neither do I.
Gray: Your answer was?
Brady: Neither do I.
Gray: No, it’s not, that is what you’re saying?
Brady: I said I asked what they thought.
Gray: I asked you what you thought.
Brady: I said no, absolutely not.
Gray: Absolutely not. [cheers and applause]
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