Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been scheduled to speak to broadcaster Jim Gray at Salem State for a long time, but the recent release of the Wells Report changes the environment. Follow along for live updates.
In the meantime, read my thoughts on the Wells Report.
This isn't a guy who looks afraid.
The king himself pic.twitter.com/pO5dco4LZJ— Christopher Jason (@cjason112) May 7, 2015
Lots of people still waiting outside, waiting to get in to watch Brady here at Salem State. pic.twitter.com/HwHXRcsEtA— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 7, 2015
Delay to start the conference as the sold out audience continues to file into the auditorium.
WHERE IS TOM. I'm going crazy listening to Santana on the live feed.
Presentation is starting now. Expecting first five minutes to be from the University President, followed by Brady's turn.
Tom Brady has entered the building. "M-V-P" chants.
Brady waiting to be introduced. pic.twitter.com/5b0uNfinpX— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 8, 2015
Tom Brady approaching the podium.
Brady sits down with Gray. Looking extremely relaxed.
"This is like a Patriots pep rally!" - Brady
"There is an elephant in the room." - Gray
"Where?!" - Brady
Brady mentions that he hasn't fully been able to read and address the report. He's involved in a process and wants to be more prepared when he makes his statements.
Brady: "I don't really have any reaction. Our owner commented on it yesterday. It's only been 30 hrs so I haven't had much time to digest it— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) May 8, 2015
"Life so much is about ups and downs, and I accept my roles and responsibilities as a public figure. I take the good with the bad." - Brady
"Has this detracted from your joy of winning a Super Bowl?" - Gray
"ABSOLUTELY NOT!" - Brady
"Do you care that you're getting pummeled?" - Gray
"I care what the people close to me think. There's a lot of people that don't like Tom Brady. I'm okay with that." - Brady
Brady's talking about his time cliff jumping. It was the result of peer pressure and trying to impress a girl (his wife! Awwwwww!).
"She's a great wife, but an even better mom." - Brady on Gisele Bundchen
Brady mentioned that he skipped the White House because he had a family engagement and that he wasn't given enough of a heads up to avoid it. "I've been there three times professionally and one time in college. [If we go next year] I'll absolutely be there. It's an honor."
Onto Super Bowl talk. Says he can't repeat what he was thinking when Kearse made his catch.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) May 8, 2015
Brady praising Butler for his pick. "I'm sure he won't be buying many drinks in Boston for the rest of his life...Got a nice car out of it."— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) May 8, 2015
Brady says Malcolm Butler deserved the car. Says Butler thanks him every day.— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) May 8, 2015
Brady says he liked Pete Carroll's call at the end of the Super Bowl.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 8, 2015
Brady: "Malcolm could turn out to be one of the great players in the history of the league. His future is ahead of him."— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) May 8, 2015
Brady on Butler coming out of nowhere. Says he picked him all the time in practice."Malcolm about time you started picking other people off"— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) May 8, 2015
Not winning in over 10 years made this last Super Bowl "that much sweeter."— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) May 8, 2015
Brady extremely lax. Entirely different person from the January press conference, where it felt like he had never been the suspect of anything in his life. He will speak on the subject in the future, likely with his agent and a lawyer, but it's going to be extremely choreographed.
Brady: "When I was a younger player, things just happened, I was part of such great teams. It was magical." Tells young guys, "Don't think."— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) May 8, 2015
Brady now talking about the "power of intention." When teammates say "I hope we win," he says, "We are...get your mind right."— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) May 8, 2015
Brady says during running and jumping drills he tells teammates: "this was why I was the 199th pick."— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) May 8, 2015
Brady on being called the best ever: "I don't believe it because I don't want it to ever take away from my motivation."— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) May 8, 2015
Don Yee on CNN, says Brady will eventually address this: "Keep in mind (Brady) had a rather chaotic press conference" after story broke— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) May 8, 2015
Don Yee says on CNN that Brady spent a full day answering questions from 4 lawyers and his cell phone was probed thoroughly.— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) May 8, 2015
Tom Brady not adressing Wells Report makes sense: if his plan is to defend, will take time to attack report line-by-line with new evidence.— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) May 8, 2015
Brady reaction tonight, statement from the agent today.......feels like Brady & reps are quietly plotting next move. https://t.co/GUfFILZ4GM— Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) May 8, 2015
Brady: "When they hand playbooks out now, I don't spend any time looking at my playbook." Says he was largely responsible for playbook.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) May 8, 2015
Now uses time in other ways, like improving relationships with players that are 16 years younger than him.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) May 8, 2015
Brady answers with one word on is it tough relating with younger players who are 15 years younger? "Yes." Says he likes the challenge.— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) May 8, 2015
Gray asks: "What's it like to be around BB." TB: "The coach that everyone sees is not the coach we all know."— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) May 8, 2015
Brady on Belichick? "He treats me as tough as he treats anybody else... It's great for me to have someone who holds me accountable"— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) May 8, 2015
Brady is now taking questions from the audience.
Brady says Gisele speaks Portuguese to their children.— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) May 8, 2015
he jokes that his wife's favorite phrase in Portuguese translates to "daddy doesn't know anything"— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) May 8, 2015
Brady still doesn't know how long he'll play. Giselle wants to know, too. Says he doesn't have a number.— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) May 8, 2015
And in closing:
Brady: "Find something you love to do, work as hard as you can at it.. That's where the joy in life comes"— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) May 8, 2015