Tom Brady broke his silence on the Deflategate scandal by posting a statement on his Facebook page on September 4.
His statement comes a day after District Judge Richard M. Berman released the four-time suspension of New England’s quarterback from the scandal.
Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl Patriots champion will open the season at home on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to dedicate all my energy and emotions to focusing on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season.” he said in a statement.
“I want to thank my family, my friends, all the fans, former and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me during this challenging experience. I would also like to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this issue over the past five weeks. I am very grateful. Thanks also to the legal team of the union, which is fighting so hard with me.
“Although I am happy to have the right to play, I am sorry that our league had to endure this. I don’t think it was good for our sport – we all lost a lot. I also feel sorry for anyone whose feelings I may have hurt, as I have tried to work to resolve this situation. I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try my best to represent my team and the league in a way that makes all members of that community proud.
“I look forward to the game on the playing field and I hope that the attention of NFL fans will return to where it belongs – on the many great players and coaches who work so hard every week and sacrifice so much to make this game great . Most importantly, I’m looking forward to the performance of the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our new season. I hope to make all our fans proud this year … and beyond! “