Because his role in the DeflateGate investigation was at the forefront last night, it was easy to forget it wasn’t the only question Tom Brady had to answer.
Of course, he sidestepped the decision to skip the team’s trip to the White House nearly as easily as he did the ones about the Wells report.
Via CSNNE.com, Brady initially made a joke when asked about his absence, saying “Did the team go?”
“Unfortunately I couldn’t make that, I had a family commitment,” he said. “But the team enjoyed it. It’s such a great honor. I’ve been lucky to go there three times professionally and then once when I was in college. It’s a pretty cool place, you guys should go next time. Hopefully we’re back there next year.”
Asked if he’d go if the team returns, he replied: “Absolutely. If we get that opportunity, there’s no doubt I’ll be there. They should just give me a little more planning in advance.”
Of course, Brady was also at Gillette Stadium the day of the visit, and there’s enough circumstantial evidence to make you think there’s more to the story, specifically a swipe at Brady from White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who panned Brady’s initial attempt to explain away PSI: New England.
Can we be sure that was the reason Brady passed? No. But it might be more probable than not.