The NFL has not yet concluded that the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs on Sunday against the Colts. But if they did, it meshes with the preferences of their quarterback.
Via CBS Connecticut, Tom Brady told WEEI in Boston more than three years ago that he likes deflated footballs.
“[W]hen Gronk scores – it was like his eighth touchdown of the year – he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball,” Brady said in November 2011. “I love that, because I like the deflated ball. But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes.”
On that same radio station, Brady scoffed on Monday about the investigation regarding deflated footballs, calling the suggestion that the Patriots deliberately let air out of the balls “ridiculous.”
Coincidentally, tight end Rob Gronkowski posted on Twitter after the controversy emerged a photo of him spiking the ball with the caption, “Warning: Gronking may cause deflation.”
The message from Gronk: “Oops.”