In an interview with Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, New York Jets’ legendary quarterback Joe Namath chimed his thoughts on this entire Deflategate situation. At the United Way of New York City this past Tuesday, here is one of the main quotes from his interview:
"“Performance-enhancing drugs, to me, is a far worse issue, than what we’re talking about with the ball being deflated a little bit. I don’t even know that it was, mother nature does it on her own, like an automobile tire.”"
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Needless to say, Namath hit it right on the head since the amount of media exposure and breaking down the differences of air pressure in footballs has gotten a bit overboard. It’s important to keep the integrity of the game in tact but this looks like it will all get even bigger as appeals happen and court cases start piling up.
Whether one believes that quarterback Tom Brady cheated, knew about the deflated footballs used in last year’s AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts or had a hand in giving his New England Patriots an edge straight to the Super Bowl, no one will ever truly know.
What is suspicious is that Brady didn’t fully cooperate with investigators when he was asked to turn over phone records and all access to his devices. He got an appropriate punishment for what was found and it’s time for everyone to move on. He’ll be suspended for the first four games of this upcoming season and will return back in no time.
It’s ironic how the NFL operates when it comes to handling issues that are either off-the-field or with teams that do illegal activities on it to gain an advantage. Regardless, much greater problems exist in the league when it comes to PEDs and more should be done to keep that completely off the field to keep the game pure.
Overall, Namath is right when this is all getting blown way out of perspective due to deflated footballs. Hopefully over time, all this insane amount of coverage and analysis will come to an end sooner rather than later.