AP Foto/Mark Lennihan
Tom Brady isn't too pleased with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league as a whole.
The New England Patriots quarterback posted a lengthy statement Wednesday morning on Facebook in response to Goodell upholding his four-game suspension, and said he expected a different result from his appeal hearing.
"I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either," he wrote. "Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was 'probable' that I was 'generally aware' of misconduct."
"The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable."
Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Brady also discussed the "narrative" surrounding his cell phone. He went on to explain that he replaced his broken Samsung phone with an iPhone 6 after he had been informed that his phone wouldn't be investigated.
"As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline," he continued. "Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong."
To make up for replacing his cell phone, Brady admitted that he handed over "detailed pages" of phone records and emails, even calling his phone company to see if he could obtain transcripts of text messages sent and received.
"In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time. Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing," he added. "There is no 'smoking gun' and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing."
Gisele Bundchen's husband ended his statement by explaining that he wouldn't let his "unfair discipline" become a precedent for other NFL players "without a fight." He thanked family, friends and fans who have supported him despite the Deflategate controversy.