New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady held his weekly Thursday news conference with a bloodshot right eye that he said came via an eye-gouge from a Ravens defender after the whistle in Saturday's 35-31 Patriots win in the AFC divisional round.
Brady was irate when he rose from the turf after Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee sacked him, the second straight sack on that second-quarter series. During the argument, Brady became irate and started talking to the referee.
"It was when I was in the argument with that guy, and then he poked me in the eye," Brady said, during his news conference. "Then, I was trying to yell at the ref, and said 'Did you see? He just poked me in the eye.' He obviously didn't see it."
Brady wasn't specific about which player poked him in the eye, but McPhee and defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan were both close to Brady after the play. It came during the most tense stretch of the game, which ended with the Patriots taking a taunting penalty on the ensuing punt.
Brady said Thursday that it was "just part of the tussle of football," and when a reporter joked that it was a professional wrestling move, Brady replied that "you can't even do that in pro wrestling."
This certainly won't help Brady's reputation in Baltimore, nor the Ravens' reputation up north. Things happen in football, but there's presumably a line somewhere. Here's a link to video of the play, which shows the scrum and what could be the alleged eye poke. What do you think?