The great Deflate Gate Debate rages on. Who’s to blame? No one wants to own up. Yet, no one’s story seems all that believable.
Patriot’s head coach, Bill Belichick is throwing quarterback Tom Brady under the bus and Brady is denying it all.
It all started when NFL officials noticed that the New England Patriots had underinflated footballs during halftime during Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Not just one or two but 11 out of 12. And not just a little underinflated, but 2 psi under regulation rules.
Brady likes his footballs at 12.5 psi, the lowest end of the league requirement.
“When I pick those footballs out, at that point, to me, they’re perfect,” Brady said. “I don’t want anyone touching the balls after that. I don’t want anyone rubbing them, putting any air in them, taking any air out. To me, those balls are perfect, and that’s what I expect when I show up on the field.”
What are they going to do next? Blame the ball boys?
The ball boys areÂ already defending themselves because they are expecting the blame to fall on them.
“There was a window, maybe an hour or so, between inspection and game time,” Eric Kester, former ball boy, said. “The balls were out on the field, and it would have been very difficult for me to secretly deflate balls while thousands of fans and media members moved about the stadium. It would also have been very difficult to sneak 12 balls back into the locker room without raising suspicion. In my experience, I never knew of a ball boy who tampered with a ball after inspection.”
So if the ball boy did it, Brady would’ve had to have noticed, especially since he claims to be so meticulous about how his footballs have to be. So, it would’ve be caught there at inspection.
Ball boy ruled out.
Belichick claims no knowledge of the situation and claims it should’ve been Brady who caught it.
“I was completely and totally unaware of this until Monday morning,” responded Belichick when asked about the claims on Thursday. “To me, the footballs are approved by the league and game officials pre-game and we play with what is out there.”
Too bad both Brady and Belichick have already been involved in a cheating scandal, Spygate.
Spygate happened in 2007 when the Patriots got caught videotaping the New York Jet’s defensive coach’s signals.
Even if they are found to be guilty, they will probably still go to the Super Bowl, but is that fair?
So, Belichick is a known cheater. Do you think he knew about the deflated footballs or do you think this is all on Brady?