Count Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich as a teammate who backs Tom Brady.
Ninkovich said on 98.5 The Sports Hub that he has no doubts about Brady’s integrity.
“I don’t question it,” Ninkovich said, via the Boston Herald.
Ninkovich suggested that jealousy of Brady’s success may be motivating Brady’s critics.
“Tom is a tremendous person and there is nothing more important to him than the game itself,” Ninkovich said. “I don’t think Tom would ever do anything to jeopardize the integrity of the game. I stand by my quarterback and everyone else should, too. When you’re really good for a really long time, people want to come after you. We all support Tom, the whole Patriots organization supports Tom, and the Patriots fan base supports Tom. You can’t control what everybody else says or does, you can kind of just control what you can do. For me, everybody else is focused on this season and do the best you can.”
Throughout Brady’s tenure as their quarterback, the Patriots have always been able to maintain their focus. Brady’s four-game suspension may make that harder than ever at the start of this year.