Tom Brady spent $8,500 on a swimming pool cover and wasn’t very happy that it was gray, not white. He likes Tom Ford designer polo shirts in rugby-style fabric. After Super Bowl XLIX, he went skiing in Montana and golfing at Augusta National. And he thinks Peyton Manning’s NFL career is almost over, while he’s got another eight seasons left.
These are some of the details made public about the New England Patriots quarterback’s life thanks to the ongoing Deflategate controversy.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered the release of 1,408 pages of Brady’s e-mails as the NFL Players Association fights his four-game suspension for allegedly being involved in the alleged conspiracy to under-inflate footballs.
Careful readers of him e-mails can learn a bit about super-star Brady’s life off the field. What they won’t find? Any evidence that Brady was involved in Deflategate.
In one exchange, Brady, who is married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, complains to his manager about the color of his $8,500 winter swimming pool cover. “What kind of morons don’t have a white cover?” he writes on one email to his manager.
In another exchange, he discusses ordering polo shirts “with the rugby fabric,” black high-top sneakers (size 12½ or 13) and a suit from designer Tom Ford. Shoes from the designer’s online shop cost $990 to $1,090.
Brady also poked at perennial rival Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, in an email to his father last November. In response to Kevin Brady sending a link to story about Manning’s legacy vs. Brady’s, the 37-year-old wrote: “Thanks popa. I’ve got another 7 or 8 years. He has 2. That’s the final chapter. Game on.”
The bulk of the pages detailed game plans and private chatter between Brady and offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, throughout the 2014 season, though those were redacted.
Ironically, the football star also traded multiple emails with SCS Investment Perspectives, a Boston-based hedge fund, which had a warning message about “preventing deflation.”
In a lengthy Facebook rant on July 29, Brady insisted that he didn’t destroy his cellphone in an attempt to hide evidence that he’d participated in deflating footballs in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts earlier this year.
Brady’s consistently maintained that he’s “never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong,” he wrote.