Tom Brady : Quarterback sorry public has had to ‘endure’ Deflategate saga

Tom Brady : Quarterback sorry public has had to 'endure' Deflategate saga

Tom Brady broke his silence after the deflategate ruling, writing a lengthy Facebook post that was both a thank you note and an apology.

“The regular season starts [Friday, Sep. 5], and I can’t wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season,” Brady has posted on his official Facebook page. “I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience.”

The saga began shortly after the Jan. 18 AFC Championship game between Brady’s Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. Although the Pats went on to win the Super Bowl, the talk of the offseason was Brady’s four game suspension for participating in a purported conspiracy to tamper with footballs, draining out a small amount of air to make the pigskins easier to grip. Just two days ago, federal Judge Richard Berman overturned that ruling, arguing that “fairness and due process” had been absent from the process.

“I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful,” Brady’s statement continues. “My thanks also to the union’s legal team who has fought so hard right along with me.”

Although some will consider NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as the vanquished villain of this saga, Brady says that there are no winners here. “While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this,” he explains. “I don’t think it has been good for our sport — to a large degree, we have all lost.”

“I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation. I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud,” explains the football superstar, who is married to model Gisele Bundchen. “I look forward to the competition on the playing field, and I hope the attention of NFL fans can return to where it belongs — on the many great players and coaches who work so hard every week, and sacrifice so much, to make this game great.”

Now, the Patriots will prepare for their Sept. 10 kick-off against the Steelers, confident that their leader will indeed be on the field. And Brady couldn’t be happier to put courtrooms in the rearview mirror and once again focus on football. “I look forward to representing the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our season opener,” Brady concludes. “I hope to make all of our fans proud this year … and beyond!”