Tom Brady Jokingly Rips NFL for Deflategate During Netflix Roast

Former Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave this joke a standing ovation.
Tom Brady speaks during his roast on Netflix.
Tom Brady speaks during his roast on Netflix. / Netflix
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One of the few blemishes from retired NFL quarterback Tom Brady's playing career was Deflategate, the infamous scandal that arose in the aftermath of the 2014 AFC championship game and ultimately resulted in a four-game suspension.

The quarterback wasted no time cracking a few jokes about that controversy while taking the podium Sunday during Netflix's The Roast of Tom Brady.

"Where's Roger Goodell?" Brady asked, knowing very well that the NFL commissioner was not in attendance. "Remember Deflategate? The NFL spent $20 million and found it was more 'probable' than not that I was 'generally' aware that someone may have deflated my footballs.

"You could have just given me the $20 million, and I would've told you I f--king did it."

Editor's note: The video below contains profanity.

Former Patriots coach Bill Belichick was among those in the audience to give that joke a standing ovation.

Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, the roast of Brady featured appearances from Belichick and former teammates Julian Edelman, Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski.

There were many highlights throughout the night, from Brady firing back at the roasters to Belichick poking fun at quarterback Drew Bledsoe in a skit and teasing tight end Rob Gronkowski about his broadcasting career.

After concluding the roast, Brady's next appearance on television could be Week 1 of the upcoming 2024 NFL season, when he begins his career as FOX Sports' lead color commentator alongside play-play-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt.

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