Super Bowl: Brady says ‘feelings got hurt’ by accusations (really?)

New England’s three heads of state — Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft — spoke at Monday’s rally in Boston. (AP photo)

New England's three heads of state -- Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft -- spoke at Monday's rally in Boston. (AP photo)

New England’s three heads of state — Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft — spoke at Monday’s rally in Boston. (AP photo)

PHOENIX — The New England Patriots are scheduled to arrive in Arizona later today and hold their first media session of Super Bowl week tonight (8 p.m.), during which there figures to be more questions about deflated footballs.

I’ll update this blog later with comments from the Seattle Seahawks’ late afternoon news conference, then write a full column later for MyAJC.com on whether “DeflateGate,” combined with “SpyGate” and the Patriots’ reputation for coloring outside the lines with the rulebook, tarnishes their legacy.

Former Georgia and New England tight end Jermaine Wiggins spoke at a rally for the Patriots Monday at Boston City Hall, telling the crowd, “They hate us because they ain’t us.”

There’s some truth to that. Fans in most NFL cities — Atlanta included — would love to call the Patriots their team. They win. But to suggest that’s the ONLY reason New England has come under criticism would be disingenuous.

Along those lines, it was amusing to hear quarterback Tom Brady’s comments on his weekly Monday morning radio show on Boston’s WEEI.

“I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me and my feelings got hurt, and then I moved past it because it’s not serving me. … I think what’s serving me is to try to prepare for the game ahead, and I’ll deal with whatever happens later. I’ll have my opportunity to try to figure out what happened and figure out a theory like everyone else is trying to do. But this isn’t the time for that…”

His feelings were hurt? That’s almost as funny as Bill Belichick’s attempt to scientifically explain how air could have seeped out of the ball:

“So the atmospheric conditions, as well as the true equilibrium of the ball, is critical to the measurement.”

I’ll get into this more later, but it’s laughable that Brady still denies even realizing that the New England offense was using deflated footballs in the AFC championship game against Indianapolis, let alone who orchestrated the deflating.

I know Patriot fans are attacking media members for making an issue to this story, but several NFL legends are saying the same thing. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl winner and Hall of Famer, told a Dallas radio station, “It’s obvious that Tom Brady had something to do with this. … That doesn’t happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen, I can assure you of that.”

None of this means the Patriots aren’t a great team and wouldn’t have won the AFC title game anyway. But how far back does New England’s cheating go?

Meanwhile, if you missed it, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman weighed in on the subject Sunday night, speculating that nothing would happen to New England because of the long-standing friendship between team owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Sherman: “Will they be punished? Probably not. Not as long as Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes. … You talk about conflict of interest. As long as that happens, it won’t affect them at all. Nothing will stop them.”

Here’s the photo Sherman was referring to. It was Tweeted by New England’s official account on Jan. 17, the eve of the AFC championship game.

A recent writer’s dozen from the digital jukebox
— MyAJC: Hawks are closest team to rare Atlanta sports title
— AJC: Matt Ryan doesn’t believe deflating footballs is the norm
— MyAJC: Al Horford finally past injuries and frustration with Hawks
— AJC: Stall, lie, cheat — it’s the Patriots’ way, and perfectly timed
— AJC: DeflateGate: It’s time for NFL to forfeit games for cheaters
— MyAJC: Walsh-Montana still top Belichick-Brady on coach-QB mountain
— AJC: Seattle’s Super Bowl only delays Falcons’ hiring of Dan Quinn
— AJC: Oddsmaker says Braves’ win total will be ‘low 70s’ (with reader poll)
— MyAJC: Braves’ moves carry Coppolella’s fingerprints
— AJC: There goes Evan Gattis as Braves take another big hit
— AJC: Quinn was tabbed as ‘Next Great Coach’ but can Falcons get him?
— AJC: UPDATE: Bowles goes to Jets but if Falcons get Quinn it won’t matter
— AJC: Falcons should talk to John Fox before making decision on Quinn, Bowles
— AJC: Rex Ryan going to Buffalo — and that’s not bad news for Falcons
— AJC: Nick Saban, the mercenary, takes on ex-Bulldog Jonathan Taylor
— MyAJC: Falcons’ backdrop not comforting for coaching search
— AJC: Falcons’ changes: Pioli’s role increases, so what does this mean for Dimitroff?
 

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Wilbo
Wilbo

Dude, could you maybe move on to another topic? We get it already that your shriveled little brain (and probably other parts) can't deal w the fact that there are winners in life, and that those people wouldn't waste their time sneezing on an insignificant, insipid little twerp like you.


Spew your envy somewhere else, jerk, and try to write something 1/2 meaningful here just for once.


AJC, please, please, please, PLEASE hire something better than the 2 boring, useless bubble brains you post here as sports bloggers. How can you call yourself a big city paper, if your 2 sports bloggers couldn't publish a piece in a decent middle school paper? You can do better than this!

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

Brady ... Brady ... Table for 12.  Your balls are ready to serve you, just as is this lowly lackey who deflated your balls to your liking, sire.  We serve you massa Tom.

stiffneck
stiffneck

I guess Goodell knows a winner when he sees it.  Wonder if he's ever hung out with Artie Blank?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@stiffneck

If Goodell "knows a winner," then why would you pose such a dumb question?

Is Blank a winner when it counts--in the postseason?

Hell no!

Question answered.

stiffneck
stiffneck

We really need to know who is the hot blonde in the photo.  That is all.......

RichardKPE
RichardKPE

Deflated footballs might be the single dumbest topic in sports media history.  You guys need some real news.

Whiznot
Whiznot

@RichardKPE Yes, but we are cursed with the dumbest sports reporters on Earth. These idiots cannot refrain from chasing the shiny object. Deflated balls aren't as big a problem as reporters' deflated brains.

HistoryofMatt
HistoryofMatt

Why should anyone care what Richard Sherman has to say about this?


Dude is a cheater talking about other cheaters.


Do we go ask Ray Lewis about OJ Simpson?


How far back does Richard Sherman's cheating go? How long did he get away with taking PEDs before he was caught? Is he still taking them, only doing a better job of hiding it?


Kind of sick of loudmouth Richard Sherman at this point.

oledawg
oledawg

@HistoryofMatt  Not an NFL or Patriots fan but...well said!  Richard Sherman probably should realize that Goddell making an appearance at one of his owner's parties is simply called "knowing how to act."  I am certain that Goddell would attend a party thrown by Seahawks ownership also. On the other hand I am not sure (based on his idiotic tirade a while back) that Sherman does know how to act.