New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that he has yet to speak with NFL investigators regarding accusations that the team used underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The NFL has said it has already conducted almost 40 interviews to get to the bottom of how reportedly 11 of the 12 footballs that New England provided for game use were underinflated during the first half of the 45-7 victory.
“No, no. I believe they’re going to do after the season, so we’ll deal with it after this game,” Brady said to ESPN, referring to the Super Bowl.
Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick both said during separate news conferences on Thursday that they had nothing to do with the deflation of the footballs.
Brady said he expects the investigation won’t affect preparation for next Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
“I think we’re a pretty mentally tough team, and I think we’ve dealt with other things in the past,” Brady said, according to ESPN. “I think coach [Bill Belichick] has always said ‘ignore the noise’ and we have to focus on the task at hand, which is a great Seahawks team. I’m excited to play in another Super Bowl. You don’t get many of these opportunities in your life.”