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January 22, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: “I didn’t alter the balls in any way”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, addressing a report that New England illegally deflated 11 of its 12 footballs during last weekend’s AFC Championship Game, said Thursday at Gillette Stadium that he “didn’t alter the balls in any way.”

He says he went through his standard pregame routine of selecting the balls a few hours before kickoff and first heard of any potential wrongdoing on Monday morning.

“Once I approve the ball, that’s the ball I expect out there on the field,” Brady said. “It wasn’t even a thought or a concern of mine that it would be any different. … I have no knowledge of any wrongdoing.”

Brady has yet to be personally contacted by the NFL, he said, and he didn’t notice any difference between the inflation of the footballs between the first and second halves of New England’s 45-7 win over Indianapolis.

“I would like to find out what happened. Obviously, you guys would, too,” Brady said. “… I don’t like the fact that this has taken away some of the accomplishment of what we’ve achieved as a team.

“I’d much rather be up here talking about the Seahawks.”

A full roundup of Brady and coach Bill Belichick’s pair of Thursday press conferences to follow later.

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