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Deflategate ‘hurt’ Tom Brady’s feelings

Tom Brady addressed the media last week. (Elise Amendola / AP)

Behind a calm almost glib facade last Thursday, Tom Brady had a lot going on inside.

The New England Patriots quarterback admitted that he took personally allegations that the Patriots had deliberately altered the inflation of footballs in the first half of the AFC championship game.

“I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me and my feelings got hurt, and then I moved past it because it’s not serving me,” Brady said Monday morning during his weekly appearance on WEEI radio’s “Dennis & Callahan” show.

Coach Bill Belichick seemed to try to put the NFL’s investigation behind him with his “Mona Lisa Vito” press conference Saturday, too. After all, the Patriots must play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX.

“I think what’s serving me is to try to prepare for the game ahead, and I’ll deal with whatever happens later,” Brady said. “I’ll have my opportunity to try to figure out what happened and figure out a theory like everyone else is trying to do. But this isn’t the time for that, and honestly I’m not interested in trying to find out right now because we have the biggest game of our season ahead.”

Brady and Belichick hope to not speak of the matter until after Sunday’s game, but Brady elaborated on the process he goes through.

“No one knows the facts,” Brady said. “I pick 24 balls, that’s what I pick. Whatever happened after I did it, and whatever the situation was where they measured them, I have no idea any of those facts. So I try to stay really humble and deal with the facts that I know. When you don’t know something, that’s all you can say is, ‘I don’t know.’ I know that’s not always the answer that people want to hear, but that’s the reality.”