“I believe now 100 percent that I have personally and we as an organization have absolutely followed every rule to the letter,” Belichick said, while acknowledging that he felt compelled to speak up and address the questions raised by the controversy.

After detailing the organization’s preparation process and suggesting that weather conditions may have affected the air pressure in the footballs, the longtime Patriots coach emotionally defended his team, saying “we did everything as right as we can do it.”

“At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage,” Belichick said.

Belichick also said he’s learned a lot more about the science of air pressure than he knew from a lifetime around the game.