Tom Brady Releases Facebook Statement Putting Deflategate Behind Him
While Tom Brady’s long-term season plans are still “pending appeal” he’s taking the victory he got on Thursday morning as an opportunity to speak out on the issue via his favorite social media forum, Facebook. In a lengthy(ish) post, Brady says that he’s happy things shook out in his favor, but to some extent, “we all lost” with what went on.
It’s a smart move to remain diplomatic and not to gloat, as the saga’s not yet over, and being vindictive or adversarial to the NFL now wouldn’t just draw their ire down the line, but would reflect poorly on him.
He also thanks the judge, Robert Berman, in the Facebook statement, which I’m guessing he wouldn’t have done if the suspension would have been upheld.
Here’s a link to the post in its entirety:
The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the…
And here’s what he wrote, in case you don’t feel like clicking the link and braving Facebook:
The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season. I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience. I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful. My thanks also to the union’s legal team who has fought so hard right along with me. While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. I don’t think it has been good for our sport – to a large degree, we have all lost. I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation. I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud. I look forward to the competition on the playing field and I hope the attention of NFL fans can return to where it belongs – on the many great players and coaches who work so hard every week, and sacrifice so much, to make this game great. Most importantly, I look forward to representing the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our season opener. I hope to make all of our fans proud this year … and beyond!
“And beyond!” is a nice touch in the Facebook statement.
In five days, Brady will be on the field and people will be able to discuss something other than Deflategate as the Pats take on the Steelers Thursday night to kick off the regular season.