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Poll finds few Americans believe Tom Brady on Deflategate

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When Tom Brady was asked if he’s a cheater in the early days of Deflategate, he answered, “I don’t believe so.” Most Americans don’t believe him.

A scientific survey of American opinion on Deflategate, conducted for Yahoo Sports, found that just 16.3 percent of Americans said they believe Brady and the Patriots when they say they did not intentionally deflate footballs in the AFC Championship Game last year. A plurality, 43.4 percent, said they don’t know who to believe, while 40.3 percent said they believe the NFL’s findings that Brady cheated.

In the New England area, those answers are very different: 58 percent believe the Patriots, just 18.7 percent believe the NFL, and 23.3 percent don’t know.

The poll found that nationwide, Brady faired better among women than men.

Brady and the NFL are still waging legal battle over the league’s attempt to suspend him for four games over Deflategate. Brady went to court and had his four-game suspension overturned last year, but the NFL is still attempting to get the suspension reinstated.

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  1. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 9, 2016 1:23 PM

    I dont believe or trust Goodell………0 percent………

  2. logicalvoicepft says: Mar 9, 2016 1:23 PM

    He did it. A guilty person does NOT DESTROY HIS CELL. Once a cheater always a cheater. Disgusting!

  3. groleo45 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:26 PM

    And I’m sure a massive, overwhelming majority would say they really didn’t care about it at this point.

  4. grogantomorgan says: Mar 9, 2016 1:27 PM

    Shocker …. Why not a poll on fans that support Goodhell !

  5. kcl10 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:27 PM

    Few Americans are scientifically literate enough to grasp that the NFLs report was fabricated. I seriously can’t wait to see this blow up in Fraudger Goodells smug face.

    -Not a Pats fan

  6. We'regonnaneedabiggerboat! says: Mar 9, 2016 1:28 PM

    Only Tom Brady testified under oath! Says it all to me.

  7. thundersnacker says: Mar 9, 2016 1:29 PM

    The war on science and critical thinking is real. This country is getting dumber by the decade.

  8. bertilfox says: Mar 9, 2016 1:29 PM

    And those numbers mirror the number of Patriots fans to non-Patriots fans in nearly every respect.

  9. tjacks7 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:30 PM

    Obviously he was involved and the balls were inflated. Everyone outside of New England knows it. But, as per the NFL’s Standard Operating Procedure, they totally botched the”investigation” and it will come back to burn them once again. You can convict someone because you think their guilty. You need a little something called proof.

  10. firecracker87 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:30 PM

    That’s because most Americans don’t usually have all the facts, are not objective, will believe anything they hear, and find it easier to jump to conclusions.

    They obviously did not read the Wells “independent” report. If Brady was guilty then the NFL would have no reason to go to such lengths to try to win the popularity war and most of all they would not have to use lies to try to prove guilt.

  11. gotitan says: Mar 9, 2016 1:30 PM

    Why would anyone believe him? Did the owner get his fine back? Did they get their draft pick back? Did their coach get back his $500k for cheating? There is a pattern here and it is easy for the rest of us to see.

  12. willycents says: Mar 9, 2016 1:30 PM

    Thus, according to Pats fans, 83.6% of Americans are just stupid haters and jealous.

  13. igornathanhiggers says: Mar 9, 2016 1:31 PM

    Gosh this is great…

    As sports fans it’s our obligation to acknowledge cheaters often…the worst thing we could do is allow 30 years to pass and not make that generation aware that the Patriots don’t win one or two of their Superbowls if they hadn’t cheated…

  14. Hitdog18 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:31 PM

    Of COURSE, after the smear campaign run by the league

  15. hatersgonnahatehate says: Mar 9, 2016 1:32 PM

    “He did it. A guilty person does NOT DESTROY HIS CELL. Once a cheater always a cheater. Disgusting!”

    He could not have destroyed all evidence. Thats not how electronic communications work. If he was sending messages to the ball guys, it would have been on their phones too. The phone was a phishing attempt, & the league has no credibility when it comes to leaks.

  16. patswinagain says: Mar 9, 2016 1:33 PM

    Most people need it to be true. Most people want it to be true. It’s their only explanation as to why he’s successful. He Cheated!

    I’m just saddened that rather than looking into the real facts of this case most Americans would rather just go with the NFL’s headlines instead of the conclusion of every single scientist who’s had an opinion on the facts.

    It really is sad that their passion for their team, can supersede their interest in seeking the truth.

    There is NO DEAD BODY people!

    Go Science!

  17. streetyson says: Mar 9, 2016 1:34 PM

    His “I don’t believe so” answer was given immediately after he was confronted with the falsified data and, having no reason to think the NFL would falsify data, he couldn’t explain it, hence the slight uncertainty in his answer. Haters and the media ran with it, exactly as the NFL hoped – a lie is halfway around the World before the truth is out.

  18. ibelievebrady says: Mar 9, 2016 1:34 PM

    The NFL lied to Mort about PSI levels and never corrected it.

    The NFL lied to the Pats in a memo stating PSI levels of Pats and Colts footballs.

    The NFL lied to Kelly Naqui about McNally trying to put an unapproved football into play.

    The NFL lied about the NFLPA wanting to seal the appeal transcript.

    The NFL lied about Brady’s appeal testimony claiming he only spoke to Jastremski about Superbowl prep.

    The NFL lied about Wells investigation being independent.

    The NFL lied about when Kensil & Vincent found out about the “problem” with the footballs.

    The NFL hired Exponent who lied about the science.

    These are all indisputable facts. There are ZERO facts or proof that Brady or anyone else in the Pats organization has lied about anything in regards to Deflategate.

  19. key2heat says: Mar 9, 2016 1:34 PM

    These people also believe OJ is innocent.

  20. redsoxu571 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:36 PM

    In a related finding, the vast majority of people are biased to the point that they are willing to overlook vast bodies of counterevidence in order to stick with their current embedded belief (see: Tony Romo is unclutch/not a good QB).

    Whether the Patriots were doing something or not (that we’ll never know for sure) it is a certified fact that the NFL has failed to even begin to approach any kind of reasonable bar to prove that cheating happened (it hasn’t even proved that balls were affected by anything other than nature) and that the NFL has acted fraudulently. Anyone who believes the NFL more than Brady is completely blind and hopeless to ever be reached by actual evidence and logical argument.

  21. citizenstrange says: Mar 9, 2016 1:36 PM

    He’s not called Jim “The Deflator” McNally for nothing.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:36 PM

    A reflection of today’s educational system and the fact that few people seem to understand 5th grade science.

    Combined with the fact most fans hate the Pats for New England’s repeated pounding of their teams they will cherry pick and believe Goodell on this but not a single other thing he ever says.

    So far every “scandal” under Goodell has been fabricated including this one.

    Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is VILE

    Goodell and his cronies must go.

  23. hairpie2 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:37 PM

    most of the country is high school educated and espn and the league has done a good job targeting them.

  24. fwippel says: Mar 9, 2016 1:39 PM

    If Brady had been more forthcoming and willing to cooperate in the investigation, more people would believe him.

    Brady should consider himself lucky that the NFL is led by a complete empty-suit incompetent.

  25. mmack66 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:42 PM

    How about posting all of the quote by Tom Brady:

    “I don’t believe so.” “I feel like I’ve always played within the rules. I would never do anything to break the rules. I believe in fair play, and I respect the league.”

  26. jcooper17 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:42 PM

    Yes, because these commenters and those polled opinions matter, since most of the “don’t trust” people are seriously (no quotes there) debating the merits between Trump and Cruz

  27. goodellisaclown says: Mar 9, 2016 1:42 PM

    Wasn’t Brady’s quote of “I don’t believe so” in the wake of Mort’s inaccurate report of 11 of 12 balls being 2 lbs under (and no mention in regards to the under-inflated Colts’ footballs), and which the league never corrected?

    It’s important to keep things in context. As we know now, there’s a factual explanation for the PSI in those footballs (and in the Colts’ footballs), and luckily we don’t need to rely on media “hot takes” and speculation.

  28. thegreenandcold says: Mar 9, 2016 1:42 PM

    The findings nationwide almost entirely coincide with rooting interests. A similar poll of:

    Do you like, dislike or have no preference for the New England Patriots? Would give you the same results. People are bitter about success and love to see people torn down.

    Science says no intentional deflation by a member of the organization. That’s all I need.

    -Packers fan

  29. fishman518 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:44 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Mar 9, 2016 1:36 PM
    He’s not called Jim “The Deflator” McNally for nothing.
    ————————————
    …8 months prior to the AFC Championship game. If I text you that I was speeding 8 months ago on the way to work, does it mean I was speeding 8 months later, going to work?

  30. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 9, 2016 1:44 PM

    The poll found that nationwide, Brady faired better among women than men.
    _______

    You don’t need a poll to tell you that.

  31. hehateme2 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:44 PM

    Of course nobody believed him. His smarmy, smug attitude screams of entitlement. His team has been caught too many times to count cheating all the way back to the snow plow gate/

    Get yourselves pat brats. The gig is up!

  32. nhpats says: Mar 9, 2016 1:44 PM

    Who did they target for this poll…..people with an IQ of less than 100?

  33. davew128 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:46 PM

    The NFL will almost always win in these cases in the court of public opinion because it has the money to put out any story it wants.

    Heck Sally Jenkins at WaPo wrote a column yesterday about the complete falsehoods spoken by Attorney Clement on behalf of the NFL at the latest hearing and its getting NO traction. Even when confronted by documented facts of NFL employees lying, Patriot haters ignore it all.

    I believe the term is cognitive dissonance.

  34. laces out says: Mar 9, 2016 1:46 PM

    in all fairness, a majority of Americans only vaguely, probably at best, know anything about Deflategate.
    Only if you’ve been following it, the answer is obvious.

    For the longest time, I thought ‘Born in the USA’ was a patriotic song until I read the lyrics

  35. realpatsfan says: Mar 9, 2016 1:46 PM

    If the NFL says he tampered with the ball, then by leages rule it is a fine only.
    Fine him and end this BS.

  36. tim2200 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:48 PM

    Not a surprise at all. The NFL just got done lying to the Appeals court. Their own lawyer LIED to those judges. That’s how brazen and arrogant the NFL is. What chance did Tom Brady have in the court of public opinion with the NFL’s media boys (thanks Mort) engaging in a year long active smear campaign being spoon fed to them by the NFL office??

  37. mattwalshvideo says: Mar 9, 2016 1:50 PM

    Smashed cell phone.

    ‘The deflator” was on a weight loss plan.

    Yeah, totes believable.

    Oh those poor deflatriot fans.****

  38. hairpie2 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:50 PM

    Why no mention of the text Brady sent JJ telling him to be sure to print out the PSI rules to the ref so they know the rules before the game?

  39. ampats says: Mar 9, 2016 1:51 PM

    “Lets Make America Great Again”

    Brady /Belichick 2016

  40. pourman says: Mar 9, 2016 1:53 PM

    Few Americans believe anything anymore.

  41. pastanow says: Mar 9, 2016 1:54 PM

    Well his nickname ain’t Tom Shady for nothing.

  42. rob1729 says: Mar 9, 2016 1:57 PM

    Whether you believe Brady and the Pats are guilty or not, I don’t know how anyone with any intelligence and knowledge of the whole thing can believe the NFL is telling the truth in their findings. The science was garbage. Goodell was caught lying about Brady’s testimony. It was clearly a sting operation (which Wells stated it clearly wasn’t) and no one in the NFL knew about the ideal gas law at the start of this whole thing.

  43. weepingjebus says: Mar 9, 2016 1:58 PM

    This is why BSPN’s lies were so damaging. Also worth noting that there’s a growing chorus in the legal industry that the NFL lied to the 2nd Circuit during oral argument, on numerous supposed “facts” that they just made up. Washington Post and others have the details.

  44. forthegoodofthegame says: Mar 9, 2016 2:00 PM

    In the “early days” of Deflategate, when Brady initially responded to questions as indicated in this article, the only information that had been made available to Brady was the false information in the Gardi letter to the Patriots and the false information released by the NFL via ESPN. A “scientific poll” is useless unless it is includes a question about whether the responder understands that the information published by the NFL at the time was proven to be false. Was this poll commissioned by the NFL by chance?

  45. radrntn says: Mar 9, 2016 2:01 PM

    what do you expect, this is the same guy who said he “Tucked” the ball when everybody knows (including the refs on the field) he fumbled after Woodson sacked him.

  46. alfredogarciashead says: Mar 9, 2016 2:01 PM

    Conclusion is that 16.3% of the poll participants are Pats fans. How else what you explain denying reality.

  47. ohand16 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:02 PM

    Tom Brady did NOTHING wrong

  48. Patskrieg says: Mar 9, 2016 2:02 PM

    Just show us the venn diagram that we’ve been asking for all along.

    Side one – People who think the NFL is lying
    Side two – People who think Tom Brady is lying
    Middle – People who have actually read ANY of the case materials

  49. fetts81 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:02 PM

    It’s because they wish they were him! They’re jealous plain and simple

  50. guadalahonky says: Mar 9, 2016 2:03 PM

    Suspend the lying creep 4 games and extend Goodell’s contract.

  51. patsrthegreatest says: Mar 9, 2016 2:04 PM

    You mean, most Americans don’t like the Patriots… Can’t tell you how shocked I am to find that one out…
    Kiss the rings, America!!

  52. mmack66 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:06 PM

    guadalahonky says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:03 PM

    Suspend the lying creep 4 games and extend Goodell’s contract.
    ————————–

    Suspend him, and then extend his contract?

    Seems counterproductive.

  53. sonhoodoo says: Mar 9, 2016 2:08 PM

    gotitan says:
    Mar 9, 2016 1:30 PM

    Why would anyone believe him? Did the owner get his fine back? Did they get their draft pick back? Did their coach get back his $500k for cheating? There is a pattern here and it is easy for the rest of us to see.
    ————————
    Well, here is one reason. Most people seem to think that the team has the same recourse as a player and can’t differentiate between them. Seriously, this guy even thinks that Belichick’s fine from 2007 is a reason to not believe Brady. Irrational people draw irrational conclusions.

  54. corduroy88 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:08 PM

    Maybe it’s because we can simultaneously hold two thoughts.

    1) Brady is probably guilty based on the preponderance of circumstantial evidence.

    2) Goodell is a hack and went on a witch hunt that blew up in his face. There was not a fair process in terms of how the Pats and Brady were attacked.

    Brady shouldn’t be suspended based on what happened, but that doesn’t mean the average person can’t see that Brady likely cheated.

  55. er1cfb says: Mar 9, 2016 2:10 PM

    Only the Brady haters think he’s guilty. I’m a niner fan, but there’s no doubt Brady is in the top 3 best QBs ever. We might never know if he’s guilty, but there isn’t enough hard evidence to declare he is. So in my eyes and in the American courts he’s still not guilty.

  56. RegisHawk says: Mar 9, 2016 2:10 PM

    So even New England can’t keep up the facade…

  57. iamapatsfan says: Mar 9, 2016 2:11 PM

    lol. That’s what happens when only one story is told on the national media.

    The national media ate up the NFL story hook, line and sinker and spat it out for them like the good little doggies they are.

    Neither them nor the NFL ever cared about the truth. They cared about the revenue.

    Real journalism is an anachronism.

  58. rob471773 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:13 PM

    logicalvoicepft says:

    Mar 9, 2016 1:23 PM

    He did it. A guilty person does NOT DESTROY HIS CELL. Once a cheater always a cheater. Disgusting!
    ——————————

    Do guilty people volunteer to testify under oath???

    NFL has no right to his phone and he’s under no obligation to provide it and would be crazy to provide it given all of the “leaks” coming from the NFL.

  59. dreadpirate88 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:15 PM

    Only one person has been proven to have lied in this affair, and that person is Roger Goodell. That doesn’t matter to petty, jealous people who live to trash the success of others.

  60. steelerben says: Mar 9, 2016 2:15 PM

    The American people believe what they are told to. If the news says Brady did it, then Brady did it. Very few people are going to look further than what they heard briefly during the Super Bowl pregame.

  61. scrappler says: Mar 9, 2016 2:16 PM

    hear, hear!

    corduroy88 has it exactly right. only folks with a vested stake in the outcome are presenting those as mutually exclusive.

    yes, brady and the pats probably cheated.

    yes, the nfl made a grand mess of their investigation and report.

    two wrongs. no rights.

  62. sonhoodoo says: Mar 9, 2016 2:16 PM

    corduroy88 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:08 PM

    Maybe it’s because we can simultaneously hold two thoughts.

    1) Brady is probably guilty based on the preponderance of circumstantial evidence.

    2) Goodell is a hack and went on a witch hunt that blew up in his face. There was not a fair process in terms of how the Pats and Brady were attacked.

    Brady shouldn’t be suspended based on what happened, but that doesn’t mean the average person can’t see that Brady likely cheated.
    ———————-

    Third thought – The NFL says they have no evidence of Brady doing anything untoward on the day of the game and science shows how the deflation occurred naturally.

    Anything after that is throwing darts ata house of cards.

  63. goodellisaclown says: Mar 9, 2016 2:17 PM

    hehateme2 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 1:44 PM
    Of course nobody believed him. His smarmy, smug attitude screams of entitlement. His team has been caught too many times to count cheating all the way back to the snow plow gate/

    Get yourselves pat brats. The gig is up!

    ***************

    I’m not sure I’d use the term “entitlement” to describe a guy who Lloyd Carr didn’t even want as a starter at Michigan, was drafted 199, was 4th string his rookie year, became a game manager style QB, evolved into a prolific passer, and is has insane dietary and fitness habits that allow him t0 play at a high level given his age.

    Success breeds contempt, I suppose. If Steph Curry and the Warriors continue to steamroll the league and raise another couple banners, mark my words, he’ll stop being the lovable undersized shooting prodigy to being the the exact description folks like you now use for Tom Brady.

  64. alwaters9 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:19 PM

    It seems the most prevalent trait shared by the haters is stupidity.

  65. realdealsteel says: Mar 9, 2016 2:20 PM

    Please…

    The text messages don’t lie!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brady was having him deflate balls and in payment of that, Brady was signing jerseys for the guy to sell.

    This “hater” excuse the Patriots fans use is getting old.

    Go see the text messages Patriots fans.

  66. kissbillsrings says: Mar 9, 2016 2:21 PM

    Yeah & the NFL was SOOOO concerned about this & the integrity of the game they decided to do random hap-hazard inspections instead of checking all balls every game to get a true base to compare to…. What a JOKE…..

  67. rogerdw66 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:23 PM

    Many teams have had long successful runs and not been accused of cheating, so please stop saying we hate your success. We beat you twice this year. You finished your last 8 games 3 -5. No one hates you because they fear you. They do hate cheaters, though.

  68. metitometin says: Mar 9, 2016 2:24 PM

    People get brainwashed by the media. It’s that simple. Roger Goodell’s NFL is controlling the anti-Patriot media message and ESPN is pushing the same garbage as well. ESPN and the NFL were in cahoots to frame the Patriots it seems as Chris Mortensen had the incorrect report about the PSI numbers that was never corrected by the NFL so it seems to me that they both have an anti-Patriot agenda here.

    ESPN and the NFL were against the Patriots here. The NFL and ESPN had an anti-Patriot agenda and most people already hate the Patriots and are too lazy to dig deeper to see the true facts.

  69. fireroger says: Mar 9, 2016 2:25 PM

    All the people who refused to believe Goodell that he destroyed all the tapes during Spygate are the same ones believing him now.

    I laugh in you general direction.

  70. BobbyHanks63 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:26 PM

    Only fools believe that Tom Brady and the Patriots needed to cheat to beat their NFL clubs. Only fools would base their beliefs on the claims of the most dishonest, unethical, irreverent man Roger Goodell… the worst major sports commissioner of all time. Only fools!

  71. brianstevens0915 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:28 PM

    I believe him, he did nothing wrong,
    Sincerely,
    OJ Simpson

  72. deacon85 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:28 PM

    This isn’t surprising at all. Most people don’t have the time or the inclination to read the Wells report cover to cover, or to read the reports explaining how Wells and Exponent completely botched their assignment from the beginning. But if you’re a fan of the team, and you read this material objectively, then it becomes clear that the NFL manufactured its case. But given the NFL’s strategy of selective leaks and outright fabrications, it makes perfect sense that the public doesn’t believe Brady. I guess Goodell can live with ruining someone’s legacy for no valid reason at all. Fortunately, most of us have more integrity than that.

  73. tb12bestqbevah says: Mar 9, 2016 2:29 PM

    A “scientific survey” conducted for Yahoo Sports?? Did you really type that with a straight face?

    The poll was on all Americans, whether they follow sports or not. Let’s have a poll on people who have actually read the Wells Report AND have read even one related article from the entire scientific community subsequent to the Wells Report.

    You know, meaning people who have actually taken the time to read the facts of the case and who have half a brain.

  74. davew128 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:30 PM

    radrntn says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:01 PM
    what do you expect, this is the same guy who said he “Tucked” the ball when everybody knows (including the refs on the field) he fumbled after Woodson sacked him.
    **********************************
    Actually it was Referee Walt Coleman who said that after reviewing the replay when a challenge flag was thrown.

  75. ebdug says: Mar 9, 2016 2:31 PM

    Two things at work here:

    Women, as a fan base, were lost during the Rice debacle. They’re more likely to treat Brady objectively.

    Most men are NFL fans. Anytime you ask if any player is a cheater the percent is going to converge to 31/32.

  76. vancouversportsbro says: Mar 9, 2016 2:31 PM

    Guilty as charged like Lance Armstrong.

  77. veddermn8 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:34 PM

    logicalvoicepft says: Mar 9, 2016 1:23 PM

    He did it. A guilty person does NOT DESTROY HIS CELL. Once a cheater always a cheater. Disgusting!

    ……………….

    Wrong, a sane person doesn’t willfully give over personal information to their historically dishonest employer to participate in a scientifically disproven witch hunt. And Brady gave over all cell data and went ABOVE AND BEYOND and gave over some emails too when, which the league promptly leaked thus proving his suspicions.
    You’ve been duped by Goodell. He is a proven liar, and his lawyer lied in court just last week. You gotta go a little deeper than just what the NFL puts out there.

  78. whatjusthapped says: Mar 9, 2016 2:36 PM

    Considering he did cheat, I suppose the polls merely reflect reality. I feel sorry for those that didn’t think he cheated, they are either Patriot homers, dishonest cheaters themselves (ah that’s a separate category from the Patriot homers) or not paying attention.

  79. fishman518 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:36 PM

    realdealsteel says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:20 PM
    Please…

    The text messages don’t lie!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brady was having him deflate balls and in payment of that, Brady was signing jerseys for the guy to sell.

    This “hater” excuse the Patriots fans use is getting old.

    Go see the text messages Patriots fans
    ___________________________
    Only there’s no evidence Brady told them to deflate balls under the 12.5 limit. In fact, in the texts it says he prefers them as 12.5, the allowed limit. Many QBs have said it’s common practice to give signed gear to equipment guys who are vastly underpaid. Read the transcript, non patriot fans…

  80. veddermn8 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:36 PM

    realdealsteel says: Mar 9, 2016 2:20 PM

    Please…

    The text messages don’t lie!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brady was having him deflate balls and in payment of that, Brady was signing jerseys for the guy to sell.

    This “hater” excuse the Patriots fans use is getting old.

    Go see the text messages Patriots fans.

    —————–

    There is no text saying the Patriots deflated footballs after the refs inspection. None. And the science doesn’t support it either. The only science outlet that thinks that way is the one hired by the league.

  81. mogogo1 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:38 PM

    You can despise witch hunts and still believe in witches. I hate Goodell as much as anybody but the fact there’s a guy on the Pats’ staff nicknamed “The Deflator” is pretty hard to explain away particularly given those texts between the equipment guys.

  82. fireroger says: Mar 9, 2016 2:39 PM

    The texts don’t lie !!!! LOL

    They also don’t prove Brady ordered anybody to deflate footballs.

  83. grayone77 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:43 PM

    I believe he did it. I also believe there is no real competitive advantage. Therefore I don’t believe he should be suspended. I also believe I never really cared

  84. boogerhut says: Mar 9, 2016 2:47 PM

    nhpats says:
    Mar 9, 2016 1:44 PM
    Who did they target for this poll…..people with an IQ of less than 100?

    The average IQ in America is 98, so yes.

  85. a072455 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:51 PM

    fwippel says:
    Mar 9, 2016 1:39 PM
    If Brady had been more forthcoming and willing to cooperate in the investigation, more people would believe him.

    ======

    You are correct, the Press never lies. When they say 11 of 12 balls were 2.0 PSI under, they were, never mind what the Wells Report says. Lawyers lie all the time. When they say all of the Colts balls were within specifications, they are correct. Wells again is lying again in his report that the 3 of 4 Colts balls were also under inflated. They were correct when they said there was clear cut Evidence TB ordered the tampering. The Judge and the courts were wrong when the NFL lawyers said there was zero evidence. Yeah #fwippel, you are correct, more people would believe if Brady would admit he ordered 11 of 12 Patriots to be under flatbed and also ordered the “deflator” to tamper with 3 of 12 balls that was ALWAYS in the Colts procession…..

  86. cwwgk says: Mar 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    Why are Pats fans so incensed that people don’t agree with their point of view? It’s just football, calm down and get over it.

  87. joker65 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    Just shows how stupid most people are.

  88. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 9, 2016 3:02 PM

    The results are hardly a surprise to me or anyone outside of New England with half a brain. Where there is smoke there is fire and you can’t deny there has been lots of smoke around the Pats. Attacking Goodell instead of facing the reality that the Pats like to stretch the borders of the rules is an escape from reality. Brady is not being truthful and not to protect other players rights rather to save his cheating butt.

  89. fishman518 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:04 PM

    brianstevens0915 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:28 PM
    I believe him, he did nothing wrong,
    Sincerely,
    OJ Simpson
    ________________________
    If the temperature is cold, a football will be softer to hold

  90. randomguy9999 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    Brady said outright he preferred deflated balls, the Pats had employees whose job it was to make Brady happy with the balls used in game, and Brady destroyed his cellphone one day before his interview on the NFL charges

    it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this is just another in a long line of incidents where Brady, BB, and the Pats have used loopholes or broke rules outright to cheat their way into success

    this is asterisk about number 12

  91. bobsnygiants says: Mar 9, 2016 3:53 PM

    Goodell should be fired.

  92. rolf1015 says: Mar 9, 2016 5:07 PM

    So of the 40.3% that think Brady cheated , what percentage actually read the Wells Report, appeal transcript, and other relevant documents?

    I’m guessing that would be close to 0% – many of whom continue to post comments here.

  93. dsigrey says: Mar 9, 2016 7:41 PM

    Study shows few Americans know the facts beyond the NFL’s headlines.

  94. internetcommenter7 says: Mar 9, 2016 7:46 PM

    Well that lines up with the data demonstrating that Americans aren’t learning science, math, or much of anything else. If you believe the balls were tampered with, you are a flat earth moron. #science #fact

  95. jaxon51 says: Mar 9, 2016 9:37 PM

    I imagine the 18% that side with NFL and the 23% that are unsure in NE area are swayed by Tom destroying his phone, ramping up his communication with guy that called himself Deflator,Kraft copping to the million dollar fine and loss of draft picks and the fact the Pats lead the NFL in fine money and lost draft picks going back to Spygate.

  96. winninaintsinnin says: Mar 9, 2016 9:46 PM

    Well he cheated and is a liar so it makes sense

  97. db105 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:48 AM

    rolf1015 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 5:07 PM
    So of the 40.3% that think Brady cheated , what percentage actually read the Wells Report, appeal transcript, and other relevant documents?

    I’m guessing that would be close to 0% – many of whom continue to post comments here.

    ——————–—————————————————————
    Even if the majority read the report they would still have trouble comprehending basic science. What is the percentage of court cases that are decided incorrectly with jurors with poor critical thinking skills?

  98. tralfaz1127 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:57 AM

    Cheating team, Cheating Coach, Cheating QB.
    ****
    Should have been kicked out of the league, lot of other more deserving honest cities out there.

  99. rolf1015 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:23 AM

    winninaintsinnin says:
    Mar 9, 2016 9:46 PM
    Well he cheated and is a liar so it makes sense
    __________________________
    If you are referring to Goodell then I agree as he is the only one that has proven to be a liar in this case.

    If not, then you are one of the many who have fallen for Goodell’s deceitful ways and are making judgments on just the headlines and not the real facts. I guess it’s the new American way – a combination of ignorance, laziness, and jealousy that leads to all the hate.

  100. jonrando says: Mar 10, 2016 8:32 AM

    Slow news day huh Mike Dave…

  101. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 10, 2016 8:57 AM

    The Patriots led the NFL in fewest fumbles last year.

    Yup. So much for that Patriot Hater theory.🙂

    Next!

  102. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 10, 2016 9:02 AM

    TB12RALLYCRY says:
    Mar 9, 2016 1:23 PM

    I dont believe or trust Goodell………0 percent………


    Yup. 0 percent of intelligent football fans who love this sport trust Goodell on anything. You don’t need a poll to know that is true.

  103. Akula says: Mar 10, 2016 9:03 AM

    That same poll said that 9 out of 10 Pats fans couldn’t care less. Count the rings.

  104. ikeclanton says: Mar 10, 2016 9:03 AM

    By all means, lets let the uninformed, unwashed masses weigh in on it and put value on this “data”

    Here’s a fact for everyone that needs a rational person to explain it to them like they’re small children that need to be taken by the hand…

    Brady has NEVER had a life history of, by all accounts, of law-breaking, taking shortcuts, domestic violence, PED use, or cheating of any kind as he’s earned his way into being one of the top QB’s to ever play football.

    Yet, on the heels of a a simple accusation (remember, that’s all it was and it can happen to anybody) the anonymous basement heroes of the keyboard (mostly in towns that have lost to the Patriots since 2000 or so) have him now labeled as the biggest liar, cheater, fill-in-the-blank to ever walk the face of Earth, without any proof of such as it turns out.

    Seems a bit unfair, right? Just a little?

    I wonder if any of you would deem this as fair play if it happened to you. The undeserved character assassination in this case is downright criminal, and takes us back to a time where people were stoned to death in the streets based on falsehoods and uncontrolled mob mentality. It’s been sad to watch people cement their opinion based on bias alone.

  105. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 10, 2016 9:04 AM

    Remember one thing people.

    Whatever Goodell and 345 Park Avenue say about a player or a team, the opposite is always true.

    I know Goodell pom pom wavers and rump smoochers will click thumbs down but that will never change the fact that the man is simply not worthy to be in the job he is in.

  106. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Mar 10, 2016 9:10 AM

    What goes around comes around TBcheat. You sold your soul for 4 tainted trophies loaded with asterisks. Your legacy has been cemented as the greatest modern day cheater in any sport (along with the drunk owner and cheat coach). Long after you retire people with remember you as a cheater.

    See you in week 5.

  107. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 10, 2016 9:12 AM

    Yet, on the heels of a a simple accusation (remember, that’s all it was and it can happen to anybody) the anonymous basement heroes of the keyboard (mostly in towns that have lost to the Patriots since 2000 or so) have him now labeled as the biggest liar, cheater, fill-in-the-blank to ever walk the face of Earth, without any proof of such as it turns out.


    It’s simple. They’re not man enough to own their faults and shortcomings, and neither is their football team.🙂

    When you aren’t man enough to work harder and smarter to compete better with Tom Brady and the other NFL greats in the league then you make excuses for why you lost.

    When you aren’t man enough to demand better of your team to compete with Tom Brady or the other NFL greats then you make excuses for why your team lost.

    I’m happy there are so many little wussies out there who cry cheater instead of “getting it”. I look forward to another 15 years on top of the NFL mountain.

    It’s GREAT to be king!🙂

  108. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 10, 2016 9:17 AM

    We’regonnaneedabiggerboat! says:
    Mar 9, 2016 1:28 PM

    Only Tom Brady testified under oath! Says it all to me.

    —-
    Yup.

    ANd not just that. Goodell ordered the ball boys NOT to appear and testify under oath at his appeal hearing.

    Someone who really wanted to know the truth would have told them to testify under oath.

    The fact that not only the ball boys were not told to testify… they were explicitly told NOT to be there…there is a difference!… that erased for good any doubt I may have had about Tom and his innocence in this matter.

    Anyone with a brain can easily see this for the railroad job that it is.

    Period.

    #FactsAreFacts
    #TruthIsTruth
    #TruthHurts

  109. fufuni03 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:27 AM

    Brady knows everything Belichek knows when it comes to the largest fraud perpetrated in professional sports. So large that it was in the best interest of the game to play it down. The question was never can we win the game it was how do we win the game without anyone noticing we know every move the opponent is going to make before they make it.

  110. jetsfan136 says: Mar 10, 2016 10:05 AM

    Since Brady’s wife makes more than him, I wonder if anyone would notice if she made 35 mil instead of 30 one year. This is the next place Roger should look. Subpoena her bank statements and see if any of her money came from Kraft.

  111. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 10, 2016 11:05 AM

    It’s only the Patsie slappies who are delusional enough to believe anything said by Shady Brady.

  112. fireroger says: Mar 10, 2016 8:01 PM

    fufuni03 says:
    Mar 10, 2016 9:27 AM
    ===========================
    Largest fraud perpetrated in professional sports?!?!?!?!

    Before Spygate (W-L): 70-26
    After Spygate (W-L): 100-28

  113. reba2016 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:32 PM

    Tommy is guilty. Go home and let the little woman support you. She only makes 167,000+ a day.

  114. jayo99 says: Mar 11, 2016 2:12 AM

    I love the people who keep using him destroying his phone as proof of him being guilty. The ridiculous Wells report states that Ted Wells did not need Brady’s phone. So the hired gun by the NFL said it was not critical. Which due to the fact that he had access to Belichick’s, McNally’s and Jastremski’s phone would mean they already had all the digital footprint they would need as they had any contact between Brady and the other accused conspirators.
    All I have to say is if your boss came to you and said give me your phone I need to see your text messages I don’t think anyone would willingly give up their phone. If you recall Brady gave up his email and phone records which by the way was splashed across the internet on Yahoo. Basically giving up your phone is the same as making someone testify against them self which under the rules of law they are not required to do. Brady testified anyway and answered Goodell’s questions while under oath. He was the only person in this whole mess to do so.
    This whole fiasco was a witch hunt from the beginning. In over 85 years of operation the NFL has not once worried about air pressure in the footballs. The NFL has no defined process to check footballs and log in PSI numbers. The NFL knew that just making this an issue would cause problems for any team accused because due to their total lack of a procedure there was no way to prove anything. If you read the Wells report the head referee can’t even remember which gauge he used to measure the footballs. One of the gauges showed a 1 PSI difference than the other. That was in the Wells report! It all started with the over blown comments from Chris Mortensen which ESPN finally admitted they were wrong about over a year later. Oh and by the way 3 of the 4 Colts balls that were measured also tested low. You also must remember those 4 balls were tested after the 12 Patriots balls so they even had a chance to sit and adjust for the warmer room climate and they still failed. The science doesn’t lie what happens in cold weather is consistent. The pressure will drop naturally. What is also consistent is that the only people we know that lied during this process were all on the NFL side. Just look at the garbage testimony they gave last week. As Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post pointed out. They blatantly lied to the judges. On numerous points. This needs to end. Goodell needs to go.

  115. mmack66 says: Mar 11, 2016 10:12 AM

    Few Americans is right. They only polled about 1200 people.

  116. bengaliballer says: Mar 11, 2016 3:25 PM

    Who takes these polls and why have I never been approached to take one?

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