USA Today Sports

Monday’s Mashup: Tom Brady tells Oprah Deflategate was ‘best month off I think I’ve ever had’

Lucy Burdge
June 18, 2018 - 7:13 am

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire

Arizona at LA Angels (ESPN)


-- Tom Brady’s interview with Oprah Winfrey premiered on Sunday and one of the topics the two discussed was Deflategate.

Brady said the situation taught him a lot about life and explained why he ended up dropping his appeal.

“Just too much anxiety. I realized I couldn’t win,” Brady said. “It was divided attention and I was tired of that, tired of waking up and having a call with someone from the Player’s Association. I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to use this as an opportunity, to have the month of September off for the first time — in like 16, 21 years — and I’m going to take advantage of this.’’’

Brady said it turned out to be worthwhile time off.

“Man, that was the best month off I think I’ve ever had,” he said. “In some ways, it was a great experience. I think you look back on those experiences and it was a really tough experience in my life.”

Brady brought his kids out to California to see his parents and got to spend time with his mom while she was just beginning cancer treatment. He also played golf at Pebble Beach and took his wife, Gisele Bundchen, to Italy.

The full interview with Oprah can he found here.

-- Phil Mickelson reportedly offered to withdraw from the US Open after he hit his moving ball while putting on Saturday.

His wife, Amy, said Mickelson spoke with USGA executive director Mike Davis after the negative reaction to his move and offered to withdraw from the tournament.

"When he heard that he called [Davis> and said, 'If I've done something that crosses the line that much, then I need to withdraw immediately,'" Amy said. "You know it's not his finest moment, but hopefully he'll learn from it. Like anybody, good people make mistakes. We all have a moment in life sometimes and that was kind of a moment I think for him."

Even the announcers were left stunned when Mickelson’s bogey putt on the 13th green rolled by the hole and looked to be slowly making its way off the green entirely and he ran over to the ball and hit it back toward the hole.

The USGA released a statement on the situation, explaining Mickelson only received a two-stroke penalty because he didn’t stop the ball entirely.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think about it more now than I used to. I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner, rather than later.” -- Tom Brady, to Oprah Winfrey, on retirement

Comments ()