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New book: Tom Brady was furious with how Patriots handled Deflategate

Alex Reimer
July 30, 2018 - 1:26 pm

Tom Brady kept a composed veneer throughout the entire Deflategate saga. But according to a new tell-all book about the scandal from Dave Wedge and Casey Sherman, the Patriots’ quarterback was furious about what he viewed as lack of support from the team.

In May 2015, Robert Kraft announced the Patriots wouldn’t pursue legal action against the NFL for its handling of Deflategate. Afterwards, Brady reportedly lambasted Kraft’s capitulation in a phone call with NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith.

“What the ****?” Brady shouted over the phone, per the Athletic. “Why am I not getting the support I deserve on this thing?”

Smith says he tried to assure Brady that Kraft’s words would have no bearing on the NFLPA’s efforts to fight his four-game suspension. But from the get-go, Brady discarded the league’s advice. Smith claims he advised Brady against holding a press conference about the matter the previous January, especially after Bill Belichick blamed Brady for the situation in his Q&A session with the press. 

“When you have a coach putting all that pressure on a player, it makes me very nervous,” Smith told his team of lawyers, per the book titled, '12:​ The​ Inside​ Story of​ Tom​ Brady’s Season​ of Redemption.' “We need to reach out to Tom and advise him not speak about this.”

In addition, NFLPA attorney Heather McPhee, who spent a week with Brady after the Super Bowl, says she was stunned when Brady and his agent, Don Yee, denied investigator Ted Wells’ request to view Brady's phone records. From that point forward, McPhee says she believes Wells carried a personal vendetta against the Patriots’ quarterback. 

“I knew this was a huge mistake and that it would only piss Wells off,” McPhee told Wedge and Sherman. “Don Yee is an agent, not a litigator. Tom Brady was about to get some bad advice but he was loyal to Don so he didn’t question it.”

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