Brady was asked by Costas about people who feel that as a professional, the quarterback should've been able to feel the difference in an under-inflated ball being used. Brady said the night of the AFC title game was a "wet, chilly night," and that since he was facing a great defense he wasn't thinking about how the ball was inflated.
Brady said he understands the assumption many people have with believing that if it turns out an equipment person deflated any of the footballs, it must have been because Brady likes it that way.
"I could understand why people feel that way," he said. "You know, there’s an investigation going on. I’m sure all the things will come out. It’s been a lot of speculation. And I think that’s what led to my hurt feelings."
Brady said he thinks there was a "little bit of an energy drain" on his part earlier in the week because of the controversy, and that he has "to move past those things and compartmentalize those things."
"All the facts will come out after the Super Bowl, and however those facts come out, you know, that will be news to me as well. So that process will all take place at some point. I’m excited about the Super Bowl, and that’s where my energy is."
You can view the whole interview with Brady below:
- Molly Geary