There’s one element of the Wells Report that I [Chuck Klosterman] find fascinating: The report concludes that you had a “general awareness” of the footballs being deflated. The report doesn’t say you were aware. It says you were generally aware. So I’m curious—would you say that categorization is accurate? I guess it depends on how you define the word generally. But was that categorization true or false?
[pause] I don’t really wanna talk about stuff like this. There are several reasons why. One is that it’s still ongoing. So I really don’t have much to say, because it’s—there’s still an appeal going on.
Oh, I realize that. But here’s the thing: If we don’t talk about this, the fact that you refused to talk about it will end up as the center of the story. I mean, how can you not respond to this question? It’s a pretty straightforward question.
I’ve had those questions for eight months and I’ve answered them, you know, multiple times for many different people, so—
I don’t think you have, really. When I ask, “Were you generally aware that this was happening,” what is the answer?
I’m not talking about that, because there’s still ongoing litigation. It has nothing to do with the personal question that you’re trying to ask, or the answer you’re trying to get. I’m not talking about anything as it relates to what’s happened over the last eight months. I’ve dealt with those questions for eight months. It’s something that—obviously I wish that we were talking about something different. But like I said, it’s still going on right now. And there’s nothing more that I really want to add to the subject. It’s been debated and talked about, especially in Boston, for a long time.
Ok. So, by now we can all agree that one of two things probably happened here:
- The NFL sought out GQ, paid them off to make Brady “Man of the Year” (something few outside of New England would agree he is) and then told them to hammer him away with Deflategate questions. At some point while talking to GQ, one of Goodell’s minions probably smirked and said something like, “We don’t want this thing to die. Make it look subtle, but make sure he comes off looking like he’s guilty.”
- GQ had an agenda. 3/4, if not more, of their office definitely tried to veto Brady’s inclusion on the cover. It came down to the editor-in-chief, Jim Nelson, and he was like…”Yeah, I’ll take the magazine subscriptions. Make sure we hammer him with a ton of Deflategate questions too. That’ll get people talking”
I’m going with a combination of both. Someone knew someone, and this got done.
For those who argue that Brady had to have known he’d be asked questions relating to the controversy, it doesn’t matter. Many times the interviewer doesn’t hand the interviewee all of the questions ahead of time. The former may be given talking points or subjects that will be brought up. But that’s it.
The way Brady responded, it didn’t appear as if he had any clue GQ would ask 10 questions on Deflategate. If anything, he probably figured they’d ask a couple just to cover their asses like most. But Klosterman and GQ were on a mission. They wanted Brady to crack. They wanted a quote and they even threatened him—DURING THE INTERVIEW–if he didn’t corporate. Real professional guys.