Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld his original ruling that Patriots star Tom Brady will serve a four game suspension next season over the well-known “DeflateGate” controversy. Goodell cited Brady replacing his smartphone amid the investigation in his decision to uphold the suspension.
Responding to the NFL’s ruling in a Facebook post today, Brady stated that he simply switched phones because he wanted to upgrade from a Samsung device to an iPhone 6:
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“I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances.”
While Brady is facing criticism for his claimed involvement in the DeflateGate situation and the NFL is facing criticism for poorly handling the investigation, according to many sports fans, Apple has involuntarily entered the saga and is now receiving priceless marketing from one of the year’s biggest sports news stories. Earlier this year, Spurs power forward Matt Bonner also gave Apple some free press by claiming his poor performance this past season was due to him switching to the larger-screened iPhone 6 Plus.