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Internet Reacts to Tom Brady's Deflategate Press Conference

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterJanuary 22, 2015

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In what will certainly go down as one of the most ridiculous press conferences of 2015, Tom Brady stepped up to the podium in Foxborough Thursday afternoon and addressed the frenzied press regarding the football-deflation scandal now known as Deflategate.

Brady, wearing his finest New England Patriots beanie, spent much of the press conference denying his involvement in any tampering. He wove in details about how he likes his balls, declared his respect for the integrity of the game and even made reference to ISIS, the Islamic extremist group that does far worse things than doctor footballs.

Suffice it to say, Brady's presser jumped the tracks here and there, and through all the strange turns, a colossal contingency of American sports fans and media members appears to have emerged unconvinced of the Patriots' claims to ignorance regarding ball deflation.

Here's a smattering of the reaction to Brady's conference, starting with the general belief that he may not have been entirely truthful:

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Then Brady explained his preparation and personal preference of footballs:

lindsey ok @lindseyyok

Who did this http://t.co/hmOQFkpv3k

Alex Bozich @insidethehall

Tom Brady: "I'm not squeezing the balls. That's not part of my process."

Ryan Parker @TheRyanParker

This has gone from a serious presser to an SNL skit in a matter of minutes. #DeflateGate #Balls

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Too many balls lines. SNL has their opening skit.

Which led to exactly what you'd expect:

Rick Chandler @Rickchand

Well, I have filled my DeflateGate sexual euphemism bingo card. Off to the gym.

Mike Tunison @xmasape

Reporter: Tom, who messed with those footballs? Brady: Once again it was the handiwork of the diabolical Dr. Claw! http://t.co/F6NYADyQ9W

Brady also made the aforementioned ISIS remark, reminding the viewing public that the real enemy to American exceptionalism isn't the Patriots equipment managers.

Heather Schmelzlen @anchorlines

http://t.co/qqkoMsuymJ

Naturally, the hot-taking and critiques began anew before Brady had even left the platform.

One strong response came from former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, who appeared quite shaken up in the immediate aftermath of the conference:

For some reason, Rick Santorum and Fox News weighed in on the matter:

Scott Cacciola @ScottCacciola

This is real life. Rick Santorum. On deflated footballs. http://t.co/WVDPKbMeE0

There you have it, a real-life carnival with a corresponding one in cyberspace. 

As for the investigation, it could be some time before the NFL passes judgment on the ball-deflation scandal, considering Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick—the central figures one would believe would know and care most about these meticulous preparations—have no idea what happened in this case. 

Get ready for more ball talk, sports fans. Until the whistle blows in Glendale, Arizona, we're all in for an extended stay in middle school.

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