Accurate Body Language Tells All! Did Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady Lie or Tell the Truth When Asked, “When and How Did You Alter the Balls?”

Accurate Body Language LLC Analysis of
New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady
Press Conference – Gillette Stadium
Thursday, January 22, 2015

NFL investigation concluded that 11 of the 12 footballs used by New England Patriots during their AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts were deflated footballs. New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady addressed media questions at a press conference.

Contempt for Seahawks

“Obviously I’d much rather be up here talking about the Seahawks (micro-expression of disgust) and preparing for the Super Bowl, which we’ve been trying to do for the last few days.”

  • Upon saying his rival, the Seahawks, Brady flashes micro-expression of disgust with curled upper lip

Upper Lip, Left-Side:  Disgust

Seahawks contempt

Lead Headshot 2
(Brady swallows hard…gulps…before saying…)

“…um…I’ll do my best (uncertainty…lack of confidence) to provide (flashes asymmetrical shoulder shrug) the answers that I have (slight inside left eyebrow lift and upper left lip curl of contempt)…um…(lower lip tremble) if any…, (weak, qualifying statement) and we’ll go from there.” (presses lips together in attempt to hide ‘duper’s delight’ smile).

  • Brady swallows hard immediately before he says this weak, qualifying statement.
  • He shows uncertainty and lack of confidence body gestures with his (1) inside eyebrows lift to inverted “V” shape showing worry or distress; (2) slight trembling of lower lip, and (3) his shoulders asymmetrically shrug, right shoulder first followed by left shoulder.

Brady Flashes Duper’s Delight Smile on Left Mouth Corner

Dupers Delight 11.40.57 PM

  • Then, Brady presses his lips together in attempt to hide ‘duper’s delight’ smile. Specifically, his left mouth corner lifts higher than his right.
  • The duper’s delight smile is a hot-spot of deception, indicating that the Brady thinks something is funny at the moment, knows more than he is revealing, has a secret, or thinks he’s fooling others with deception.

Duper's Smile 57 PMBrady’s Duper’s Smile Disappears When He Hears the First Tough Question…

When did you alter the balls?Qx: When and how did you alter the balls?  Tom, when and HOW did you supposedly alter the balls?

  • At the moment Brady hears this question, his ‘duper’s delight’ smile disappears; the left corner of his mouth deflates into a slight frown crease.
  • His body is reacting and showing that he does not like these two direct accusatory questions, “When and how did you alter the balls? Tom, when and HOW (the reporter placed extra verbal emphasis on HOW) did you supposedly alter the balls?”

Alter the ball 10.27.29 PM

  • At this moment Brady looks surprised (with slight lifts in both eyelids and eyebrows) and caught off-guard that a reporter asked him these two straight-forward, tough questions, “When and how did you alter the balls? …Tom, when and HOW did you supposedly alter the balls?”
  • The initial micro-expression of surprise is the fastest of all the micro-expressions.
  • Brady tries to hold it together by pressing his lips together in the middle, but the corners of his mouth have space.
  • Then, the micro-expression flash of fear appeared after hearing the first question, “When and how did you alter the balls?” 

Micro-Expression of HAPPINESS

Altered ball smile 4

  • However, when the reporter asks a second time, “Tom, when and HOW (this is when Brady smiles) did you supposedly alter the balls,” Brady can’t help showing his self-delight by flashing a micro-expression of happiness and a quick smile.
  • In photo below, Brady now lifts both corners of his mouth in a smile.

Altered ball smile 5

 Micro-Expression HAPPINESS Quickly Changes
to Discomfort and Distress

When Did You Alter the Balls - Smile Disappears

  • Now, He also looks a little sad in his eyes as his previous smile is replaced with light micro-expression of sadness with downward corners of the mouth.

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Disappearing duper's smile

“I didn’t…you know…have any…(increased blink rate)…ah…you know…, I didn’t… alter the ball in any way…”

Forehead wrinkles 9.48.05 PM

  • Brady no longer has smooth forehead skin and muscles, as he starts to look worried with his inside left eyebrow lift along with forehead wrinkles.

Forehead wrinkles, chin tuck

  • Brady’s wavy forehead wrinkles deepen and his chin tucks inward.
  • Again, shoulders shrug up and down.
  • After being asked these questions, his blink rate increases.
  • And, as he is stuttering to the point of saying, “I didn’t…ah…alter the ball in any way” his head is shaking left and right horizontally.
  • NFL investigation concluded that 11 of the 12 footballs used by New England Patriots during their AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts were deflated footballs.
  • Notice the reporter asked about the plural noun BALLS, but Brady answered in singular noun, BALL, rather than in plural, BALLS.
  • Why did Brady answer singular noun BALL when 12 Balls are in question, with 11 deflated?
  • His singular noun answer would be true, if he did not alter the 12th and final ball.

Lip bite I didn't alter the balls

  • Brady bites his lower right side of his lip.

ACCURATE BODY LANGUAGE
SUMMARY

  • Brady displayed several “Hot-Spot” body language gestures that indicate he was in distress, discomfort, or attempting to deceive.
  • Overall, his BODY Language was weak and non-convincing.
  • In addition, his VERBAL denial was also weak because he stuttered in a stop-and-start manner; shook his head negating his verbal denial; and used the incorrect SINGULAR noun BALL, rather than the correct PLURAL reference to 12 BALLS.
  • Brady did not give a strong, smooth, and believable denial of saying, “I didn’t alter the (11) balls in any way!”
  • For all these reasons, Accurate Body Language does not find Brady credible.

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