The political world took notice of the NFL again on Thursday, in the most bizarre of ways, as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was broadcast on seemingly more channels than the State of the Union as he discussed the condition of his balls.
In this case, 11 of the 12 game balls his team used during its AFC championship game victory against Indianapolis last weekend. Reports have swirled alleging that the Patriots used balls that were under-inflated by league specifications, which would have made them easier to catch and grip.
On Thursday, Brady denied any knowledge of any such activity. However, the way he did so brought about a reaction from people who normally wouldn’t bother with the game, as seen below:
This Tom Brady person is attractive.
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) January 22, 2015
okay actually what is happening here pic.twitter.com/vJLy75tNfd
— Hannah Groch-Begley (@grouchybagels) January 22, 2015
— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) January 22, 2015
Hilariously polarized perception of this from Pats fans on the staff vs the rest of us.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 22, 2015
"I'm not squeezing the balls" thats about when i died.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 22, 2015
Brady himself attempted to bring some perspective to the proceedings, saying, “This isn’t ISIS.” However, that, too, became meme bait:
Super Bowl refs turn back on Brady. RT @Coondawg68 And the media desperately wants an apology. Brady isn't going to give one. Good.
— RobGeorge (@RobGeorge) January 22, 2015
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) January 22, 2015
This is the best sports story of all time. pic.twitter.com/3aroNwOPjI
— NickBaumann (@NickBaumann) January 22, 2015
I'm missing helen thomas in the front row. wish she were questioning brady right now. #DeflateGate
— Michael Smerconish (@smerconish) January 22, 2015
Time to ask politicians if they're going to return campaign contributions they've received from Tom Brady.
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) January 22, 2015
Word cloud of the Tom Brady press conference, pretty interesting pic.twitter.com/h9OhYYS4F2
— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) January 22, 2015
Only one question: How does DeflateGate affect 2016?
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 22, 2015
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) January 22, 2015
— Anthony Ronzio (@Ronzio) January 22, 2015
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