Now that Deflategate is an issue of the past, Tom Brady is ready to laugh it off.
After ultimately being accused of cheating, for allegedly being aware of the team’s plan to deflate footballs in the 2015 AFC title game, Brady tackles the scandal in a Foot Locker commercial.
Just before Thanksgiving, the company dedicates a week to shoe releases, coining the promotion Week of Greatness. In the ad, after just picking up their shoes, two fans walk into a diner. Brady overhears the fans having a conversation about how a company maintains success and he interjects.
“Just because something is great year after year doesn’t mean anything is going on,” Brady says. “Why can’t some things just be great? It starts with questions, and then questions turn into assumptions, and then assumptions turn into vacations,” Brady says, of his four game suspension. “So why would you punish the Week of Greatness for something that never even happened?”
Apparently, Foot Locker wrote the spot for Brady, and the quarterback was down for it, ESPN reports.
“We like our spots to allow athletes to poke fun at themselves, and people enjoy that,” Foot Locker’s Vice President of brand marketing, Jed Berger, said. “Our fans and customers like to see these athletes as humans. I don’t think anyone has seen Tom Brady like they see him in this spot.”
Other athletes to recently poke fun of themselves in Foot Locker ads include D’Angelo Russell, Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham and Draymond Green.
Watch Tom Brady’s commercial below.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 16, 2016