The transcript of Brady’s appeal hearing was included in the NFL Players Association’s filing to a federal court in New York.
In his testimony, Brady said he never has asked anyone from the Patriots to alter the footballs in any way after approving them for game use and that he “would disapprove of that” if it happened.
“Because I go through, like I said, this extensive process to pick out the balls for the game, and that’s the ball ultimately that I want on the field that I play with,” Brady testified. “So once I pick the ball out, then I don’t want anything other than that ball to be the one that I am on the field playing with.”
Brady testified he had “zero” knowledge about air-pressure levels in footballs prior to a game against the New York Jets game in October 2014.
He said he became aware of the allegations that the Patriots had deflated the footballs they used in the first half of the AFC championship game while doing a radio interview on the morning after the game, and added: “I couldn’t believe it. I think I said it’s ridiculous.”
Brady was not told by investigators that he could face punishment if did not turn over the electronic communications they were requesting from him, he testified.
Asked about directing that his cellphone be destroyed, Brady testified: “That’s what I do.”
He also testified: “I think whenever I’m done with the phone, I don’t want anybody ever to see the content of the phone, photos. Obviously there is a log with the smartphones of all my e-mail communications. So in those folders, there is player contracts. There’s, you know, endorsement deals. There’s — along with photos of my family and so forth that I just don’t want anyone to ever come in contact with those. A lot of people’s private information that, had that phone — if it shows up somewhere, then, you know, all the contacts in my phone, you know, wouldn’t want that to happen. So I have always told the guy who swaps them out for me, make sure you get rid of the phone. And what I mean is destroy the phone so that no one can ever, you know, reset it or do something where I feel like the information is available to anybody.”