A detailed investigation into whether the New England Patriots used deflated footballs during their AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18th, 2015, has taken full swing.
Punishment on the accused New England Patriots was announced on Monday May 11th, five days after the release of the Ted Wells report which states that the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs during the AFC Championship. As such, the NFL has suspended Patriot quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady without pay for the first four games of the season, taken away two draft picks, and fined the Patriots one million dollars.
On Tuesday May 12th, two legendary former quarterbacks, John Elway and Brett Favre, discussed the punishment of the New England Patriots.
In a broadcast on FOX Sports Live, Elway, the Denver Broncos executive vice president and former quarterback, stated that he supports Commissioner Roger Goodell’s response to the report that the Patriots used deflated footballs for an advantage.
“I think the integrity of the game is number one. So the commissioner obviously felt that was compromised and did what he believed he had to do” states Elway. “I support the commissioner one hundred percent”.
As for the specific punishment placed on Patriot quarterback Brady, Elway had little to comment on. “I concern myself with what the Broncos are doing” Elway told the Denver Post.
On the other end of the spectrum, former Green Bay Packers quarterback, Favre, told Fox News that he felt Brady had done nothing wrong.
Favre outlines that he understands the league has to take action at even the “insinuation of cheating”, but states “I don’t think by any stretch, in my opinion, that Tom was cheating”. He also went on to say that the NFL’s action to take away two draft picks will hurt the New England Patriots more than the one million dollar fine.
Since the release of both the deflategate report and the NFL punishment on the Patriots, opinions have been flying for and against each decision.
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