CHANDLER, Ariz. — This week will be about the Super Bowl instead of not-so super balls if it’s up to Bill Belichick.
The New England Patriots head coach politely deflected multiple questions regarding the latest DeflateGate report Monday at the team’s hotel. The Patriots landed in Arizona on Monday afternoon in anticipation of Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks.
Check out Belichick politely stonewalling the media on DeflateGate:
Mr. Kraft just made a very strong statement regarding his disappointment with how the matter’s been handled and portrayed and says he expects an apology from the league. How do you feel about how the matter has been portrayed and handled, and do you expect an apology?
“I appreciate the question. I’ve spent, as you know, quite a bit of time and I’ve had two lengthy press conferences about that. My attention has totally turned now and focused on the Seattle Seahawks and our game Sunday. And that’s where it’s going to stay for this week.”
There’s a new report out today that says the NFL has identified a person of interest in the football case, and it’s in fact a team locker room attendant. Did you or anyone in higher up in the organization order a locker room attendant to deflate those footballs?
“I appreciate the questions, but I’ve covered all that I can cover in the previous week, and my attention is on the Seattle Seahawks. Our job is to get ready to play this game Sunday, and that’s where it’s going to stay from here on out.”
You were in the air when that report came out, that FOX Sports report on the person of interest. When were you made aware of when that latest report came out?
“Right now, the only thing I’m focused on is the Seattle Seahawks. That’s what we’re going to talk about. I’ve discussed everything else at length, and there will be another time and point for it, but this week, it’s all about Seattle.”
Owner Robert Kraft strongly stood behind Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in their denial that the Patriots were responsible for DeflateGate.
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