The NFL landscape has been dominated by the Deflategate story all week and the league has said several times that they are investigating the issue, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s Thursday press conference on the issue raised some questions about the depth and scope of that investigation.
Brady said that no one from the NFL has contacted him as of Thursday, four days after the league discovered the under-inflated footballs during halftime of the team’s AFC Championship game victory over the Colts. One has to wonder just what they’re investigating if the player who handles the ball on every snap and would have the most stake in the condition of the balls isn’t deemed worthy of an interview. Beyond that, one has to wonder who they have bothered talking to if Brady was considered an unimportant voice.
Good thing the Mueller Report recommended the league take on a more proactive role in investigations of possible criminal behavior.
The league could still interview Brady, of course, but NFL V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent told us on PFT Live Tuesday that the league planned to conclude the investigation in the next two or three days.
Brady denied altering footballs and having any knowledge of what might have happened during a lengthy session with the media that’s begging to be made into the latest SNL installment celebrating the inherent humor in people saying “balls” over and over again.
UPDATE 5:01 p.m. ET: When asked why the NFL hasn’t spoken to Brady, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Bob Glauber of Newsday that “we are not commenting on the details of the review at this point.”