As he did during a media session at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, Tom Brady skirted a number of questions during a Deflategate-centric interview on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” program Tuesday morning, but there were a couple of noteworthy takeaways.
Most significantly, perhaps, was Brady’s answer when asked whether he was set up by the NFL.
“I have a lot of personal feelings about this, and I think to get into every conversation that everybody wants to have — and I’ve had a lot of these conversations with different people over seven months — and you get brought back into those emotions, and those haven’t been the best emotions,’’ he said. “They certainly don’t serve me as the quarterback for the New England Patriots quarterback this week.”
Here’s what he did not say: No.
The hosts later wondered whether Brady might scale back a bit when it comes to regular appearances with outlets such as ESPN and the NFL Network, and again, some reading between the lines was necessary to glean insight into Brady’s answer.
Brady said he’ll “need to conserve some energy this year, there’s no doubt.”
“I don’t know exactly how I’ll approach those things each week,” Brady added. “It’s a long season anyway, but the more things that I do — non-Patriot related, really to help other people out — you’re right, those things take away from the energy that I may have to do other things.
“I get a lot of requests. Things that may be public or private, and then I just try and make those decisions based on how the week is, but it’s hard to fulfill them all. We’ll see how that goes this year.”
Brady also addressed a trio of people tangentially related to the Deflategate saga.
His father, Tom Brady Sr., made news last week when he called a San Francisco radio station and called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell “a flaming liar.” The younger Brady stopped short of agreeing with the older one, saying his father has “been a great support my entire life, and I’m sure it’s been hard for him [among other family members].”
Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been supportive of Brady throughout Deflategate. Brady confirmed he has a “Make America Great Again” hat, which Trump sent him, in his locker, and revealed that the two have been golf buddies since Brady was a judge at the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant in 2002. Asked if he would vote for Trump, Brady said, “That’s a very good question.”
WEEI also offered Brady the chance to address reports that his marriage to Gisele Bundchen is in trouble. Brady denied those rumors and kept it short, noting that “we’re in a great place.”
In the end, Brady struck the same note many of his teammates have in recent days: Let’s get on to the season, already.