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White House Spox: My Job is Safe From Tom Brady

Will the New England Patriots Be Punished Over Deflate-Gate? 2:34

Tom Brady probably doesn’t have a future in public relations, President Barack Obama’s top spokesman said Friday.

“For years it has been clear that there was no risk that I was going to take Tom Brady’s job as quarterback of the New England Patriots,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “But I can tell you that as of today, it’s pretty clear that there is no risk of him taking my job either.”

Brady spoke to the media at length on Thursday about the “Deflate-Gate” controversy that has overshadowed the upcoming Super Bowl. The star quarterback had no answers for why footballs he used in the playoffs may have been inflated below NFL standards, making them easier to throw and catch.

Earnest said he has not spoken to the president, an avid sports fan, about the controversy and did not take a position on whether Brady or Patriots head coach Bill Belichick should be punished.

And though Brady may not be great taking tricky questions from reporters, Earnest also acknowledged it probably doesn’t matter for the multi-millionaire celebrity athlete.

“He also is preparing for his sixth Super Bowl so, he must be doing something right,” Earnest said.

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— Andrew Rafferty