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Canty: Deflating balls no different than PEDs

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At a time when some current and former NFL players are suggesting that New England deflating footballs (if it happened deliberately) is no big deal, one current NFL players whose team faced the Patriots in the postseason contends that it is.

Appearing on Wednesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty compared deflating footballs to using steroids or other banned substances.

“The Patriots are habitual line-steppers,” Canty said during an in-studio appearance.  “If the allegations are true, then you are talking about attacking the integrity of our game and I have an issue with that. . . . [W]hat I’m going to say about the deflating of the balls, to me there is no difference than performance-enhancing drugs.  You are cheating at that point.  You are getting a competitive advantage outside of the rule book and there has to be some sort of consequences for that.”

Canty’s opinion sounds a lot like the NFL’s position that, when it comes to topics impacting the integrity of the game, serious action is required.

“To me, the integrity of the game is the most important thing,” Canty said.  “You want to be successful as a player but you want to think that you are doing things that are within the rules and that you are out there competing and it’s not, whether it is performance-enhancing drugs or deflated footballs that is out there aiding in your performance.”

Canty disputed the report that some Ravens players believed kicking balls were underinflated during the divisional-round loss to the Patriots, pointing out that the kicking balls aren’t handled by the home team.  But his views regarding the possible deflation of balls by the Patriots are strong — and there’s a chance that the NFL’s views will be equally strong, if it’s determined that the deflation didn’t happen by accident.

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66 Responses to “Canty: Deflating balls no different than PEDs”
  1. mackcarrington says: Jan 21, 2015 7:20 PM

    Oh, please!!

  2. sdchicken says: Jan 21, 2015 7:22 PM

    Seriously? What’s next, knee braces?

  3. mattwalshvideo says: Jan 21, 2015 7:24 PM

    Boom!

  4. nfella says: Jan 21, 2015 7:24 PM

    So I imagine during the interview he also considered Haloti Ngata a “cheater” who has no respect for the integrity of the game – and told Ngata as much after he served his 4 game suspension for PED violation.

    Or, did that not come up n the interview?

  5. mariorat says: Jan 21, 2015 7:26 PM

    Sour grapes!

  6. deeppurple13 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:28 PM

    Looks like the PEDhawks and the Belicheats both have issues with deflated balls…fitting.

  7. cshearing says: Jan 21, 2015 7:30 PM

    I’m sure you took such a strong stance when you saw team mates doing PEDs. Right Chris?

  8. f1restarter says: Jan 21, 2015 7:31 PM

    Both teams in this year’s Super Bowl are known for cheating. Proof that cheaters sometimes really do win.

  9. lennylyles says: Jan 21, 2015 7:33 PM

    If guilty anything less than a year suspension for Belechick and the loss of a series of number one draft picks is unacceptable. After Spygate the Pats were issued a stern warning. To ignore it is pure arrogance and the punishment has to be harsh.

  10. fourfourstack says: Jan 21, 2015 7:34 PM

    The Patriot Way tag line becomes a bigger farce every year. What’s next, a triple murderer on the roster? Oh wait…

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 21, 2015 7:35 PM

    In both cases you stick in a needle and gain a competitive advantage.

  12. alwaters9 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:36 PM

    Who is Chris Canty? And what integrity of the game? That went away a long time ago.

  13. rickybobbie says: Jan 21, 2015 7:38 PM

    If your not first, your last!!

  14. Darkoestrada says: Jan 21, 2015 7:38 PM

    That’s funny because the nfl doesn’t seem to care too much about ped’s

  15. rcampore says: Jan 21, 2015 7:40 PM

    nfella says: Jan 21, 2015 7:24 PM

    So I imagine during the interview he also considered Haloti Ngata a “cheater” who has no respect for the integrity of the game – and told Ngata as much after he served his 4 game suspension for PED violation.

    Or, did that not come up n the interview?

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    his point is that there should be punishment. Ngata was punished with a suspension and the same should be done to the Patriots and Belichick.

  16. alan226 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:40 PM

    Pot, meet kettle

  17. mmmcusa says: Jan 21, 2015 7:41 PM

    “If the footballs were altered in the AFC Championship Game — or any game — Hall of Fame coach John Madden suggests the primary suspect behind whatever happened should be the quarterback, in this case New England’s Tom Brady”

    This quote from a Hall of Fame Coach.

  18. hahaicansezbelicheat says: Jan 21, 2015 7:42 PM

    Just want to confirm that this is the same Cris Canty who continued to staunchly defend Ray Rice even after video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face.

  19. gochargersgo says: Jan 21, 2015 7:44 PM

    The ultimate irony, of course, is that no one cares when a player tests positive for PEDs (i.e. Seahawks). Deflated balls though? National crisis.

  20. fww1963 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:45 PM

    If ball integrity is such a big deal, why doesn’t the league supply them? I’m a lifelong Cowboy fan.

  21. gochargersgo says: Jan 21, 2015 7:46 PM

    So…4 game suspension for the ball boy???

  22. hahaicansezbelicheat says: Jan 21, 2015 7:47 PM

    “If guilty anything less than a year suspension for Belechick and the loss of a series of number one draft picks is unacceptable. After Spygate the Pats were issued a stern warning. To ignore it is pure arrogance and the punishment has to be harsh.”

    The last team to violate this rule got a memo sent to them, nothing more, and the suggested fine is 25k. This is like asking to suspend a MLB manager a year for having pine tar on a ball. Your contrived outrage is amusing, though.

  23. patsfan1820 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:47 PM

    his point is that there should be punishment. Ngata was punished with a suspension and the same should be done to the Patriots and Belichick.
    ———————————————————–
    Ngata wasn’t disciplined until after the Chargers game despite having gotten caught 1 or 2 weeks prior. Also, I believe it’s innocent until proven guilty yes? Not the other way around if it’s found they were directly involved then fine the Patriots 350,000, suspend Belichick for a year, and take away 2015 and 2016 first round draft picks.

  24. eazy282 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:47 PM

    Except that one is a drug and the other isn’t.

  25. footballfan420 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:47 PM

    “Habitual line-steppers” . . . I guess the Pats are the Rick James of the NFL.

  26. apkyletexas says: Jan 21, 2015 7:48 PM

    Yup. Belichick must serve a 1-year suspension, starting immediately, like Sean Payton did. Integrity of the game.

  27. TBridgeH2o4roy says: Jan 21, 2015 7:50 PM

    lol , yeah right!!! Sensationalism @ it’s finest!!! Find me a player from a team that didn’t get beat by the best Football team in the league with more success than any other franchise in the history of the league!!
    I would say, Joe Montana led 49ers were my favorite with Tom Brady led squad close behind!!
    This is bordering Insane!! Does BB like to push the envelope? Yes, but is that also what makes him a Winner and pioneer? Yes!!! I love my Vikings but , you gotta love the domination that the pats have shown the past decade plus!!!
    This is so blown out of proportion it’s not even funny anymore!! Whiners and losers everywhere!!

  28. mungman69 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:53 PM

    It’s time for some football not 11 more days of this stuff.

  29. jayvil15 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:56 PM

    Honestly, I do agree with Canty in him saying that it’s no different than using PED’s. So the Pats broke the rules, (allegedly) if they get a fine for it, that’s no different than a player getting fined or suspended for PED’s and it’s no different than getting fines for personal fouls, illegal hits, etc. All of it is considered “breaking the rules” so why cry out cheater at the Patriots when it is found that balls were deflated… No one blames other players or teams, or coaches (Mike Tomlin) for their instances. Plus officials should be checking “periodically throughout the game” (according to VP of officiating Dean Blandino) So your telling me the “All-Star” seven man officiating teams the nfl put together for playoff games this year, couldn’t notice a difference in the ball, but one Colts player did? This whole situation is ridiculous and it’s over the amount of air in a football!? Come on now..

  30. filmex2000 says: Jan 21, 2015 7:58 PM

    The Nixon White House claimed Watergate should be dismissed as Nixon beat McGovern in a landslide and Watergate wasn’t a factor.

    Nice to know Nixon and Belichick are soul brothers when it comes to a lack of integrity. Both (are)were pathologically incapable of playing within the rules.

    Now we just have to wait for Robert Kraft to persuade his BFF Roger Goodell to destroy the footballs, just as he did with the Spygate evidence.

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 21, 2015 7:59 PM

    If guilty anything less than a year suspension for Belechick and the loss of a series of number one draft picks is unacceptable. After Spygate the Pats were issued a stern warning. To ignore it is pure arrogance and the punishment has to be harsh.

    When a Raven fan speaks about punishing anyone I just think about the statue for Ray Lewis, the applause for Ray rice, and the Home Office trying to hide Rice`s abuse and I laugh and say are you brain dead…in this case it’s obvious.

    Canty you know deer antler spray all to well you phoney. Shame on you a UVA alum…ya know the code of honor…oh that’s just for a degree. Ok I got it.

  32. faninvirginia says: Jan 21, 2015 8:00 PM

    Patriots are proven cheaters, its a fact. funny thing is they could win without it. If not blatantly cheating they skirt the rules anytime they can. They lie on injury reports as two of their own past players testified to this week, the run up scores to embarrass teams. They win, but always leave a stain on the game…

  33. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 21, 2015 8:18 PM

    Canty: The Patriots ruined my brothers suede couch.

  34. metitometin says: Jan 21, 2015 8:22 PM

    Chris Canty is obviously still sore at being owned by the Patriots over the years. Equating PED usage to deflating footballs is a joke. EVERY team is deflating/inflating footballs. Not every team is taking PEDs, although perhaps we should check everyone on the Ravens for that.

  35. wimpyburgers says: Jan 21, 2015 8:23 PM

    All this talk about deflated balla and over-inflated balls…..

    Marshawn Lynch believes this is the time to get a hold of this topic!

  36. inzimitrust says: Jan 21, 2015 8:28 PM

    What part of what he said was inaccurate or not true?

  37. fearthehoody says: Jan 21, 2015 8:29 PM

    Ok. This has officially jumped the shark!

  38. timbo51 says: Jan 21, 2015 8:33 PM

    sour grapes!!!

  39. lennylyles says: Jan 21, 2015 8:40 PM

    “The last team to violate this rule got a memo sent to them, nothing more, and the suggested fine is 25k. This is like asking to suspend a MLB manager a year for having pine tar on a ball. Your contrived outrage is amusing, though.”

    IF GUILTY this is the second offense after receiving a stern warning. This is a systemic problem within the Patriots organization. The precedent was set with the Saints. If guilty the Patriots arrogance for a blatant disregard for the rules needs to meet harsh consequences. Fellow Bostonian Jackie MacMullan agrees with me.

  40. bigperm33 says: Jan 21, 2015 8:41 PM

    Hey Canty, remember when the team you play for won a Super Bowl when their marquee player was caught using deer antler spray in order to get back in time from an injury to play? Why don’t you ask the fans of the team you play for what they think of your comments?

  41. mark888p says: Jan 21, 2015 8:43 PM

    a cheater is always a cheater, brady and belicheat.

  42. tattooit says: Jan 21, 2015 8:45 PM

    Someone’s mad. Steroids??

    By the time this thing is over The Patriots will have been tried and convicted of kidnapping the Lindbergh baby, killing Tupac, and fathering Honey Boo Boo.

  43. Don Shula Was Right says: Jan 21, 2015 8:47 PM

    “Just want to confirm that this is the same Cris Canty who continued to staunchly defend Ray Rice even after video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face.”

    Except he never backed Rice in anyway. He even did one of those domestic violence commercials.

  44. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 21, 2015 8:50 PM

    Report that the ball Odell beckham caught with one hand was deflated. No longer the greatest catch ever.

    Canty is spot on here

  45. jvw1982 says: Jan 21, 2015 8:57 PM

    The Patriots franchise will forever be tainted….thanks Bill…..

  46. luz56 says: Jan 21, 2015 9:03 PM

    And QBs wearing gloves are not performance enhancing??

  47. Deb says: Jan 21, 2015 9:03 PM

    If a coach sticks out a knee and trips a gunner or a player stomps up and down on someone’s limb, that’s a big problem because it could end someone’s career. But whether it’s the Ravens or my Steelers, I’d caution any player from getting on a soap box about something like this. I’m pretty sure every team in the league has engaged in some kind of gamesmanship at one time or another. And playing with the pounds psi in the ball falls into that category.

  48. j0esixpack says: Jan 21, 2015 9:07 PM

    I get it – when other teams do it, it’s fine

    When the Patriots do it, the integrity of the game is on the line

  49. hockeyflow33 says: Jan 21, 2015 9:08 PM

    This is ridiculous. Every quarterback has come out and said they’ve altered the inflation level of the ball too and no one has taken issue with it.

    This has to do with the media’s personal agenda with Belichick’s anti-interview stance.

  50. canedaddy says: Jan 21, 2015 9:32 PM

    Very well said. Canty is a smart guy, and a man of integrity.

    Regarding the Ray Lewis deer antler thing, that was exposed as total nonsense.

    Regarding Haloti Ngata, he was caught and suspended for four games, as per league policy. I never heard Canty defend him (or Ray Rice).

    I think we all know that the Patriots likely deflated the balls in the AFC semifinal against the Ravens the same way they did against Indy, and it also likely made a difference in the outcome, given how close the game was and how much the Patriots relied on the pass.

    Patriots fans, sorry, your team’s accomplishments are now and forever under a cloud of suspicion. You can laugh it off or dismiss it all you want, but at some point you’ll realize the rotten odor around the Belichick-Brady era is never going to go away.

  51. RE LEE says: Jan 21, 2015 9:39 PM

    Integrity of the game?… Oh please… The referees with their wrong or arbitrary calls, the ped users, spying? You think only the Pats did that? Ball conditioning, you think only the Pats did that? This is sports. Teams will do things to get the edge. At least the Pats doesn’t try to maim other players. These holier than thou hollerings is hypocritical. Tim Tebow is the only thing pure that happened in the NFL.

  52. cobrala2 says: Jan 21, 2015 9:41 PM

    Canty also failed to directly answer Ross Tucker’s question regarding the prevalence of this practice around the league. Sore losers.

  53. yourejustbutthurt says: Jan 21, 2015 9:51 PM

    Canty’s opinion sounds a lot like the NFL’s position that, when it comes to topics impacting the integrity of the game, serious action is required………….

    That’s all fine and dandy but they need to be consistent (I know right? NFL? consistent?) Vikings, Rodgers this season generated NO action. Did you ask Canty where he was for those? Sour grapes gate.

  54. bkostela says: Jan 21, 2015 10:01 PM

    metitometin says:
    Jan 21, 2015 8:22 PM
    Chris Canty is obviously still sore at being owned by the Patriots over the years.
    ________________________

    yeah, super bowl 46 must have really sucked for Canty

  55. pats3rings says: Jan 21, 2015 10:11 PM

    Integrity of the game?

    Haloti Ngata was suspended the final 4 games of the season for PED’s. He is one of the best players on the Ravens team and played in the playoff game.

    Is this guy serious?

    And for the record if we are talking about “habitual line steppers” team captain Terrell Suggs is a hibitual domestic violence offender. Lots of integrity there.

  56. americasteamthenewyorkfootballgiants says: Jan 21, 2015 10:52 PM

    Metitometin just once again proven the biggest group if fake, poser “fans” in all sports r patriots. Cantu played in Dallas to start came to New York and played the last 2 years in baltimore. Real long standing history vs the cheaters, glad to see u have a clue what ur talking about .

    It makes me laugh seeing ppl try and defend the cheaters. The saints never actually broke a rule putting bounties on ppl and they got hammered with suspension and fines. As a recurring violator, goodell needs to set an example. Then the cheater fans can go back into obscurity just like they were before they started cheating to win

  57. flyeaglesfly13 says: Jan 22, 2015 1:36 AM

    If all that’s goin to happen to the patriots is fines and loss of draft pick(s) then they’ll never stop cheating. They would gladly pay that to be in the Super Bowl. I’m surprised more teams don’t do it actually with such lax rules. If deflating a football makes it easier to throw and catch in windy stormy conditions then it does enhance their performance so it would be like a PED. This isn’t the first time they got caught cheating either. They should of got their Super Bowl trophy stripped from them the first time and this time they should be eliminated from even playing in the game. That’s the only way to get them to stop cheating!!! At a minimum Tom Brady should be suspended for the Super Bowl just like if he took PEDs. But honestly they shouldn’t even be allowed to play in it!

  58. TheWizard says: Jan 22, 2015 2:07 AM

    and it also likely made a difference in the outcome, given how close the game was

    Get in the loser line with Warner, Faulk, 2004 Eagles, etc.

    Take a number, and we’ll get to you when we can.

    Thank you.

  59. pittsburghdamned says: Jan 22, 2015 2:15 AM

    Jumpball Joe could use some deflated balls…

  60. patfan77 says: Jan 22, 2015 5:09 AM

    Boo hoo canty. Sit at home and watch the super bowl. Sour grapes. Little b

  61. patfan77 says: Jan 22, 2015 5:11 AM

    Great comparison. Like weed is the same as crack. Ravens would know

  62. patfan77 says: Jan 22, 2015 5:27 AM

    Remember Charlie sheen???? Never head of him anymore

  63. patfan77 says: Jan 22, 2015 6:33 AM

    AFC champions!!!!!! Onto Seattle!!!!

  64. legalize12gordon says: Jan 22, 2015 2:30 PM

    If you think about it this is nothing new. Brady and Belly have always walked the line with rules. Tuck rule. Spygate. Deflating balls. You would hve to be ignorant to think they haven’t done more and it just didn’t go public. Just poor sports that’s that.

  65. sbchampsagain says: Jan 22, 2015 3:18 PM

    Canty’s got a point.
    And he’s a good dude.

    NE Patriots*

  66. garbear25 says: Jan 22, 2015 3:50 PM

    So yeah…

    If some High School kids decides to emulate Brady and play with soft balls I am all but certain he WON’T DIE because of that decision.

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