For reasons that remain unclear, the Tom Brady was suspended four games by the NFL for his role in allegedly deflating footballs during the 2014 season. The Patriots cruised to a 3-1 record in Brady's absence, and since his return, they're unquestionably the best team in the AFC.
Still, old grudges die hard, which explains why Brady took the opportunity to mock his Deflategate punishment in a recent commercial.
Part of the issue is that a lot of people don't think Brady didn't anything wrong, and that includes President-elect Donald Trump, who recently spoke to TMZ about the Patriots quarterback and Deflategate.
"He's a friend of mine," Trump began. "He's a great guy and he's great athlete, obviously, but he's a winner."
A winner, indeed. But what about those trumped-up charges (sorry) that it was "more probable than not" that Brady conspired with Patriots staffers to deflate footballs?
"Well, you know, he was better when he had the other ball," Trump explained. "I think Tom is totally innocent. I think Tom is -- first of all, I know him, he's such an honorable guy and I'm with him all the way."
Brady and Trump have been friends for years, and back in December 2015, the Patriots quarterback fully supported Trump's run for president.
"I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it's pretty remarkable what he's achieved in his life," he said at the time. "You're going from business, kind of an incredible business man and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It's a pretty different career path. I think that is pretty remarkable."
However, by last Wednesday, hours after Trump had won the election, Brady informed the media that he was done talking politics.
"Yeah, I talked to my wife," the quarterback said. "She said I can't talk about politics anymore, so I think that's a good decision made for our family."
Days before the election, Gisele Bundchen had said that she and Brady were not supporting Trump.