Gov. Charlie Baker Wears ‘Free Brady’ Shirt During ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The governor has weighed in on Deflategate.

Charlie Baker Ice Bucket Challenge

Photo via Gov. Charlie Baker

Count the governor among the scores of Patriots fans who have flocked to Tom Brady’s defense.

Gov. Charlie Baker—along with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, and State Auditor Suzanne Bump—took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for the second consecutive year. The Swampscott native’s choice of wardrobe for his polar plunge turned a few heads.

Baker made a friendly wager with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts that spawned the all-encompassing, thoroughly ridiculous, seemingly never-ending scandal known as Deflategate. To the victor go the spoils, and so Baker received shredded pork from Shoup’s Country Foods of Frankfort, Indiana.

Last month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in the deflating of several footballs, including the destruction of his cell phone during the league’s not-so-independent investigation into the matter. Brady has not backed down, even as the case has spilled over into a Manhattan court.

Adam Vaccaro of took a deep, deep dive into the “Free Brady” economy, comprised of Sully’s tees, push-cart retailers, restaurants, and a guy in Abington who made a 5-foot-by-4-foot poster and stuck it outside his home.

So who did the governor challenge?