Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have endured one of the toughest periods in their time together during the past week or so with the deflate-gate controversy hitting the franchise hard.
The Patriots are under investigation for allegedly deflating 11 of 12 balls they gave to officials before their AFC Championship Game win over Indianapolis Colts almost two weeks ago.
On Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft explained that he will demand an apology from the NFL if the Pats are found not guilty when the deflate-gate investigation ends.
Brady extremely hurt
Quarterback Tom Brady has sported a brave face throughout the process in interviews with the media. Brady claims to have played no part in the supposed wrongdoing and claims to have no knowledge of the balls being deflated.
Safe to say that the whole saga has not shone a great light on both Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, with both their reputations becoming severely tarnished as a result of the controversy. But while Brady continues to brush off the saga in interviews, NFL insider Mike Silver revealed during Super Bowl Media Day that deflate-gate has seriously affected Brady and his family, with Silver speaking to a close family member about the matter.
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"A source close to the family has told me that this has been a horrible week for the Brady family," Mike Silver revealed during NFL Network's Media Day coverage. "They all hate the fact that Brady's legacy has been tainted by this [deflate-gate]."
It's quite clear that Brady has been affected by the deflate-gate saga and even though the controversy seems to be subsiding it's pretty clear he won't get over it until the NFL's investigation ends.
Eli thinks Brady is strange
Meanwhile, the latest person to question Brady and the Patriots has been two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning after he made some interesting comments recently. Without accusing Brady of any wrongdoing, Manning commented that it was "strange" that Brady knew so much about deflating footballs. Brady has previously claimed that he likes his balls to be inflated to a certain level.
“I’ve never worried really much about the inflation or the certain number of pounds of inflation,” Manning said to an audience at the New York Athletic Club.
“I thought it was kind of strange that Brady knew he liked his ball at 12.5 pounds of pressure in the ball. That’s the minimum number that you can have, that seemed kind of strange to me. I’ve never heard about anybody deflating the football to their advantage, it’s the first I’m hearing about it. It’s the first I’m hearing about it.”
It remains to be seen how the saga ends. The NFL's investigation is set to take several weeks and only then will we know whether Brady's reputation has been tarnished further.