Blount calls Brady’s suspension “ridiculous”

Getty Images

Perhaps LeGarrette Blount and Tom Brady can watch the Patriots’ opener against the Steelers together, and commiserate about how they should both be on the field instead of the couch.

Blount, the Patriots running back who is suspended for Week One for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, took to Twitter to vent on Monday after Brady was suspended four games for Deflategate. Blount referred to Brady’s suspension as “absolutely ridiculous” and urged Patriots fans to make their voices heard about it.

[tweet https://twitter.com/LG_Blount/status/597885337386557440%5D

The Patriots and their fans have made no secret that they think Brady’s Deflategate suspension is ridiculous, too. And plenty of people think it’s ridiculous that the NFL suspends players for using marijuana. But Brady and Blount both broke the rules, as the NFL sees it, and as a result they’re both going to be sidelined to start the season.

191 responses to “Blount calls Brady’s suspension “ridiculous”

  1. I think Blount is the embodiment of all it means to be a Patriot. He’s the perfect spokesperson. A shining example.

  2. just what the SB Champ Patriots needed…more motivation…I have a bad feeling about this…guess the rest of the league is going to have to wait a while before having a legit shot at a title.

    -colts fan knowing his team is about to be annihilated (again)

  3. But Brady and Blount both broke the rules, as the NFL sees it, and as a result they’re both going to be sidelined to start the season.

    except there is no proof Brady broke any rules. I think thats the point you are glossing over.

  4. If Brady and the Patriots really are innocent… they’re going to fight this and its going to get ugly. If they do anything less than that… then they are guilty.

    It’s that simple. Let’s see what happens.

  5. NFL suspension guidelines as of May 12, 2015:

    Punching your significant other in the face – 2 games
    Smoking pot – 4 games
    Using performance enhancing drugs – 4 games
    Deliberately cheating and lying about it – 4 games
    Getting free tattoos in college – 4 games
    Disciplining your child – 15 games
    Tossing your significant other on a bed of guns – 26 games

  6. Suspended 4 games for possibly, maybe being generally aware of some footballs that possibly may or may not have been deflated. Meanwhile, Ray Rice knocks his fiancee’s lights out on tape in an elevator and drags her limp body out and he initially gets 2 games.

  7. He’s right. The standard for overturning a bad call is “incontrovertible visual evidence.” But for a 4 game suspension, $1 million fine, and loss of draft picks, you need nothing more than vague chains of “possibilities,” “maybes,” and “generally awares.” What a joke the NFL has become.

  8. I wouldn’t have thought Blount should have anything to say. He’s no saint, in fact he’s lucky he didn’t get longer. No wonder the Steelers tossed him out. He can sit with Brady and watch the game together.

  9. What’s really ridiculous is this POS Blount getting away with collusion by knowing he’d have a job waiting for him in New England, causing him to be a locker room cancer in Pittsburgh until he was granted his release.

  10. The Pats advanced to the Superbowl after being caught cheating, I think they’ve had enough breaks.

  11. What’s hilarious is a weed head of low character calling the kettle black. Were it not for football, here’s a guy who would likely be dead or incarcerated, but still with the stones to think his opinion actually means something.

  12. What is ridiculous is him and “his gang” cheating, and spoiling the game for all the fans that want to see their team succeed!

    He has been found guilty, as we all know he would, and there has to be consequences for it. Let him appeal, provide the emails and text messages (we all know will prove is guilt and more). He contracted to do that, so do it!! Hiding the proof, is his choice, but he has violated his contract, and his actions have hurt the league!!

    Brady* cheated, and with or without consent dragged the rest of the Patriots* to the Super Bowl* which they probably should NOT have played in, if all things were fair. I think the 4 game suspension was a weak punishment, and Brady should accept this gift (humbly) and move on. If he appeals, then I think the amount of punishment should also increase – and that if he does challenge this then he should (as a condition) provide his texts and emails, as a condition of the agreement he executed with the NFL.

  13. I guess a shining example is not quite the right wording. He should keep his mouth shut, he broke the rules too. Read the Rule Book LeGarrette, you would get a better idea of what you can and can’t do.

  14. Pats fans are standing strong behind our team and quarterback

    It’s not like our team was beloved before this so it’s not new

  15. I couldnt care less how many games Brady is suspended for, but losing a 1st rounder because the league felt disrespected because McNally wouldnt risk losing his full time job to meet a 4th or 5th time instead of talking on the phone is absurd.

  16. No worries LeGarrette.
    Patriot fans are already being heard.

    #NoBradyNoBanner.

  17. I love the taste of the Patriots tears. They are so sweet and delicious. Keep crying cheaters because you are making this so enjoyable for the rest of us.

  18. As a Pats fan, I will enjoy watching the first four games without Brady as much as I do with him. Reminds me how the Pats went 11-5 with Cassel and getting to see the Hoodie show how great coaching can overcome obstacles. Belichick finds ways to win.

  19. Blount is hardly a character reference. Zero class, zero integrity. Win at all cost mentality like the team he went to. Couldn’t play for a class organization that I don’t even like (sorry Steelers, I am a Browns fan) but who I would root for endlessly because they win with class. People don’t like the Pats because of their lack of character. Blunt (sic) fits right in. Loser.

  20. routerunner says: May 12, 2015 9:43 AM

    Hang 3 digits on the Colts. Just for the sport of it.


    I see a lot of Pats fans talking like this but it’s not happening.

    They don’t have Randy Moss, Wes Welker, a 30 year old Tom Brady, or a secondary to do what they did in 2007.

  21. Brady’s stats are virtually the same home and away-and for all of you pointing to the patriot fumble rate… they have FUMBLED FAR LESS ON THE ROAD EVERY YEAR SINCE 2007

  22. routerunner says:
    May 12, 2015 9:43 AM
    Hang 3 digits on the Colts. Just for the sport of it.
    ===================================

    No…. don’t have him suit up for the game or even show up to the stadium.
    Don’t give idiot Goodell his ratings pot of gold based on a joke that the league itself created.

    As a matter of fact…. to hell with the NFL.
    I have had enough.

  23. Blount, you’re not helping. Remember he is quoted as saying Belichick took control of practice balls, scuffing them up, roughing them up and wetting them to simulate bad ball game experiences.

    Yet, Belichick has been exonerated for controlling game balls, that somehow they are beneath his purview.

    Now words from Blount and Yee, especially Yee are gonna create pushback, not only from the NFL, but from Mr. Wells, since his work is under scrutiny.

    Yee is gonna be fired. He is making things much worse by his absurd statements of the Pats being targeted. He has not served Brady well, at all. Yee is gonna find that Mr. Wells “ain’t no punk.”

  24. hairpie2 says:
    May 12, 2015 9:37 AM

    But Brady and Blount both broke the rules, as the NFL sees it, and as a result they’re both going to be sidelined to start the season.

    except there is no proof Brady broke any rules. I think thats the point you are glossing over.
    ——————————————-
    Not sure how many times this has to be mentioned but the preponderance of the evidence showed that Brady knew what was going on which is all you need to be found guilty. Let’s also explain once again he 100% lied to the NFL, media and fans then wouldn’t comply with the league by not giving up his phone. So your statement is 100% false. He did do something wrong when he lied and didn’t comply at very least.

  25. didnt this guy punch someone in college and get kicked off the team, quit on the Steelers, ostensibly so he could go back to the Pats, and get busted multiple times for smoking pot while in the league? Ah yes, the Patriot way…

  26. He’s got more money than he’ll ever need, he’s married to a supermodel, he’s a sure-fire HOF’er, multiple SB trophies and NFL records. And yet with having the world by the short hairs, he apparently still feels the need to cheat to stay on top of a game he is already on top of.

    I feel sorry for and pity him.

  27. “If he appeals, then I think the amount of punishment should also increase – ”
    —————————————-

    Now there is a great idea, let him appeal but let him know ahead of time it is triple or nothing.

  28. hey bgi47 maybe they should have started the back up against BIG BLUE in the two Super Bowls

  29. hairpie2 says:
    May 12, 2015 9:37 AM

    But there is proof. No video, but also no video of aaron hernandez shoooting anyone- but based on all information- they gathered that he “more probably than not” did it. You dont need video evidence to prove something- thats the ONLY argument pats fans have. Forget the txt mesasges, forget tom refusing to cooperate, forget the patriots not allowing the ball boys back for follow up interviews after some of this info started getting out and they realized they were screwed. Lets ignore all the information here and chalk it all up to HUGE coincidences.

  30. Quick: which rules did Brady and the Pats break other than the former not wanting to hand over his cell (to a committee of morons no one in their right mind would trust with a potato gun), and the latter not giving access to the equipment manager (for the umpteenth time)?

  31. Patriot fans – stop with the delusion for God’s sake. Read the texts. Why would Brady be calling guys he didn’t even know (according to Tommy) w/in minutes of everything hitting the fan. You can’t honestly think that he didn’t direct “The Deflator” can you?

    He cheated (who knows how many years,) got caught, lied and then didn’t cooperate while trying to cover his arse. He got what he deserved. I know it sucks being fans of the team and all but it is what it is.

  32. bgj47 says:
    May 12, 2015 9:46 AM

    As a Pats fan, I will enjoy watching the first four games without Brady as much as I do with him. Reminds me how the Pats went 11-5 with Cassel and getting to see the Hoodie show how great coaching can overcome obstacles. Belichick finds ways to win.
    ————————————-
    Good post! All the more power to them if they do win with JG. It’s not out of the question.

  33. The odd defense of Brady is equally as tiresome as the original story about deflategate.

    Back in February, it was all, “This is wrong, the Patriots shouldn’t get a pass on this.”

    And now that the NFL has finally done something about, nearly every single sports media outlet is saying, “This is ridiculous, it’s overblown, the punishment is too harsh.”

    Come on.

  34. You’re talking about a guy who ran off with a super model while his girlfriend was pregnant… All class, Mr. Brady.

  35. Not sure how many times this needs to be spelled out for the Pats* fans out there:

    – Brady was caught lying. He said he didn’t know the ball handlers…he did. In fact, he gave McNally autographed shoes.

    – Brady refused to hand over his correspondence relating to the investigation, despite being given at least some measure of discretion with regard to what he and his lawyers felt applied.

    The above actions, per the league’s policy regarding the integrity of the game, expose Brady to discipline.

    It’s open and shut.

  36. Brady’s stats are virtually the same home and away-and for all of you pointing to the patriot fumble rate… they have FUMBLED FAR LESS ON THE ROAD EVERY YEAR SINCE 2007

    Every team takes their own footballs to games. This statement has no meaning.

  37. I wish they would stop asking any ex-player or current player of the NE Patriots what they think. It is the same answer over again and again…”I can’t believe this is true”..”The Brady I know will never cheat”…”The suspension is too harsh”..It the same responses….

  38. Wow a QB and two RB’s suspended for the opening game this season! I’m glad Blount chimed in. Nice to have a guy that respects the rules give his opinion.

  39. Blount quit on the Steelers. As a man, he has absolutely no credibility. Who cares what he thinks.

  40. Pats homers get over it. Once the NFL turns a blind eye to cheats and scammers like Brady, the league will struggle to get rid of the stink of being a rigged sport. Gamblers will desert and the popularity train will diminish. Do you bet the WWE? That’s what I thought…

  41. Brady got the same suspension the NFL gives players that take PEDs, which makes it the most APPROPRIATE punishment possible.

    A player that takes PEDs:
    doing something against the rules to gain an unfair competitive advantage.

    Brady:
    did something against the rules to gain an unfair competitive advantage.

  42. Look at the amazing decrease in patriots fumbles starting in 2007, the year after Brady lobbied for the rule change. Pats and the hoodie know the “hidden advanatge” to deflating – are reduced fumbling rate.

    Pats fumbles 2000-06: one every 42 touches
    Pats fumbles 2007-14: one every 74 touches

  43. Holding plate of pancakes underneath twitter. The tears are so much sweeter than syrup.

  44. You know what else is ridiculous? Being disruptive in Pittsburgh – forcing the Steelers to cut him. Then immediately signing a two-year deal with the Patriots after that. I’d love to see HIS texts before the Steelers cut him. Could reveal some tampering.

  45. Most of the pro-this-punishment-or-worse types are either completely missing the point (“well, he cheated on his girlfriend, so that makes it warranted”), or ignoring the NFL’s flimsy, contradictory evidence and disregard for precedent.

    Also, for many, there is a hidden homerism about it. Their love to hate the Patriots clouds their judgment.

  46. Still no conclusive proof the balls in the AFCG were unusually deflated, let alone that Tom Brady directed the two equipment guys to deflate them.

    And yet, here we are.

    The Vikings and Panthers tampered with footballs ON LIVE TELEVISION last season and got a “hey guys don’t do that anymore” from the league.

    Anyone not outraged at the treatment the Patriots receive is either willfully ignorant of recent league history, cherry-picking what they choose to believe, or just tired of being embarrassed by the Pats.

    In other words: none of this is news.

  47. Now HERE’S where the real investigation should start. Forget saggy footballs.

    Someone should take a look at Mr. Blount’s phone and text records in the weeks before he was let go from the Steelers. When he staged that bizarre walk-off-the-field episode.

    Fact: they were talking about Blount being a Patriot on Boston sports talk radio BEFORE he was released.

    Blount talked openly about keeping in touch with his old Patriots buddies while he was a Steeler. Wonder how many calls he made to Coach B.?

  48. So weed smokin Blount thinks it is ridiculous……………………whatever

  49. If the CBA rules state you have to comply with an investigation if any,criminal or not an investigation is a investigation,, not handing over text messages I think falls under noncompliance with that rule,hold Mr Brady on his throne if you wish but its in his contract to COMPLY with any questions in ANY investigation, he failed to do that. There should be nothing else to discuss,no appeal no nothing,just serve the time and try to replenish your character.

  50. @ tonyzendejas

    There is a BIG difference in placing a ball in front of a sideline heater to try to get it warm (because it’s so cold outside) and sticking a needle into the ball (on numerous occasions) to intentionally let air out of it to below legal levels. But just go ahead and keep your Patriots blinders on to convince yourself that Tom and the Pats did nothing wrong here. We know you will.

  51. I’m a Bears fan and never really liked the Patriots but 4 games is ridiculous especially when the Ref doesn’t remember which of the two devices he used to test the balls before the game. That seems like a pretty big issue considering they give different readings.

  52. muslimponder says:

    What’s really ridiculous is this POS Blount getting away with collusion by knowing he’d have a job waiting for him in New England, causing him to be a locker room cancer in Pittsburgh until he was granted his release.

    —————————————————————–

    I guess you forgot all the other teams had a chance to pick up Blount before the Patriots did, huh. Must of been Belichick cheating and telling all the other teams NOT to pick him up on waivers.

  53. “Yes, it is ridiculous…should have been more, should have been the entire season, strip him of his Super Bowl ring and lifetime ban from the HOF”

    Yes folks–this is what passes for intelligence among football fans.

  54. The Refs should be fired
    Grigson told them before the game and they still did nothing but now a 4 game suspension is in order?

    NFL is becoming a joke

    This is all because they whiffed on the Ray Rice ordeal

  55. followme2boston says:May 12, 2015 9:53 AM

    didnt this guy punch someone in college and get kicked off the team, quit on the Steelers, ostensibly so he could go back to the Pats, and get busted multiple times for smoking pot while in the league? Ah yes, the Patriot way…

    He had every right to punch the Boise dude… The Boise player put his hand on him while running his mouth…

  56. “Ridiculous” that the 1 year banhammer wasn’t dropped. But who cares about the expected weak punishment.

    The best part is the Pats, Shady Brady, Belicheat, and Crony Kraft in the eyes of the public, and non Pats NFL fans will always be seen in a negative light…

    “Two ‘Gates & Four Asterisks” following the franchises name…tainted….

    “For-eh-ver, for-eh-ver, for-eh-verrr!” – Squints

  57. the excuse used by the uneducated pats fans that the road turn over numbers were actually a little less on the road. they must think home team takes care of all game balls. this is not the case. each team takes care of their own balls…..(insert joke here)

  58. 25eagle- the home team is responsible for the balls-your statement is uninformed

  59. As a Pats fan, I will enjoy watching the first four games without Brady as much as I do with him. Reminds me how the Pats went 11-5 with Cassel and getting to see the Hoodie show how great coaching can overcome obstacles. Belichick finds ways to win.
    ————————————-
    Good post! All the more power to them if they do win with JG. It’s not out of the question.

    ————————————————————————
    Pats fans forget how ridiculously easy that schedule was. The NFC West and AFC West in 2008 were powder puff divisions.

  60. What I don’t understand is why Pat’s fans aren’t the ones most upset. You guys are the one’s that take it hardest. You think Brady with his millions and supermodel wife and super life cares this much? The Pats were good enough last year to win without help. They rolled over the Colts and had a great Super Bowl against Seattle.. And then they had to give everyone ammunition to question the validity of championship run. Anybody that reads the report and applies objectivity has to admit, even if not out loud, that Brady knew what was happening. Maybe they didn’t feel it was a big deal, and they were apparently wrong. Tom should have gotten in front of this story and admitted what happened and this would all be over. It’s the constant denial and lack of cooperation that makes this story more than it is. And if I were a Pats fan, I’d be mad at Brady for tarnishing this championship in such a bush league way, because he’ll get over it faster than any of you. Long after he retires to his incredible life, y’all will still be defending Spygate and Deflategate.. and that’s not fair to one of the most loyal fanbase in the NFL.

  61. Belicheat tampered with Blount to get him to quit on the Steelers midseason. So now, of coarse a cheating organization’s player who benefitted from tampering & the deflated footballs is defending the cheating organization. Surprise…

    Where are the articles reflecting what players not on the Patriots are saying? Take a poll of all NFL players to determine how many think the Patriots cheated. I think we would all like to see that opinion poll.

  62. Wait, wait, wait….maybe Brady IS innocent! Follow along with me here….

    All this talk of “probability and possibility”…..so maybe, just MAYBE….TB didn’t touch the balls at ALL!

    Maybe, just MAYBE….LeGarrette Blount thought it would be a really cool thing if he used the BALLS as a bong, and push the air OUT of the balls while using the pin as a bowl for his krippy, thereby causing the deflation of the ball!

    Could it be “possible”? NAH, Brady did it….even Blount ain’t THAT stupid! LOL

  63. It’s all good, Blount, once the Pats get tired of you folding up at the LOS, you won’t have to worry about his suspension.

  64. I have to agree with him.
    This draconian attitude from GODALL is out of hand.

    And I’m not a Pat’s or Brady fan.

  65. Now we know what a SB cost, 4 regular season games, 1 million dollars and two draft picks…. What coach would not gladly pay that to obtain a SB trophy and all that goes with it. A small price to pay….

  66. Kraft, Belicheck and Brady all think they are above the law…
    there is a pattern here.

    The records are now tainted forever…thats what happens when ruled by ego

  67. As a Pats fan, I will enjoy watching the first four games without Brady as much as I do with him. Reminds me how the Pats went 11-5 with Cassel and getting to see the Hoodie show how great coaching can overcome obstacles. Belichick finds ways to win.

    ———————————-

    Belichick finds ways to win? Haha, yeah it’s called cheating. Sometimes Pats fans make it too easy.

  68. The people who keep talking about tears tasting sweet and things of that nature are disturbing and at the same time very sad.

    However, it’s comical to me that on this site, 2 out of 3 commenters want Brady suspended for a year or more over this.

    The people of this country are just upset that the country is going to hell and want to punish others that are successful.

  69. When you have an employee that calls himself “The Deflator” and text show that this has been happening for a while and is not a single incident. How the heck do Pats fans and their organization ignore this?

  70. I keep reading comments from Pats fans saying there is “no proof.”

    I suspect those that are saying this will never accept that Brady knew or directed that the footballs be deflated unless or until Brady confesses on TV with either Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, Larry Bird, or Bobby Orr holding the Bible.

    If you read the report, there is plenty of evidence that establishes by a “preponderance of the evidence” (the standard here as opposed to beyond a reasonable doubt) that Brady knew and directed that the footballs be deflated.

    Does anyone really think that McNally or Jastremski did this all on their own?

  71. It’s all a conspiracy because of the “jealous haters”. I wish everyone who thinks that would run to Texas and help the state guard fight against Jade Helm 15, and Obama’s invasion of the state and martial law. This is already getting old. Stupidity is front page news now.

  72. If I was a coach opposing the Patriots this year, I’d constantly be on the refs to check the balls and check other little details about the players, equipment, etc. It would drive Belicheck absolutely bonkers.

  73. Note to LeGarrette Blount: Just shut up and play running back. Nobody gives a S what you think except Pats fans. LeGarrette-the moral compass of the NFL.

  74. Those saying there’s no evidence remember Brady hid the evidence. It’s the cover up stupid!

  75. Everything seems ridiculous when you’re high as a kite.

  76. Can’t wait for them to call the two ball boys to the stand to testify about the gifts etc. and ball manipulation that brady asked them for. I also can’t wait until it comes out that he’s been doing it for past 8 years. Keep pushing your BS Kraft and tommy it will come back to bite you

  77. except there is no proof Brady broke any rules. I think thats the point you are glossing over.
    ———————————————————-
    OK Pats fans, if Brady is innocent answer me one question: Why did his equipment guy call himself “The Deflator”?

    Take your time. I’ll wait.

  78. Not cheating: Four game suspension
    Cooperating: $1 million fine, loss of 1st round pick, loss of 4th round pick

    Geez, what would Goodell have done if they actually did something? Blow up Gillette and then salt the earth around it so nothing will grow for a thousand years?

  79. I think these penalties are wrong, wrong, wrong.

    And here’s why:

    The NFL has been sloppy and inconsistent about ball inflation and chain of custody during games. Allowing each team to handle their own footballs during games makes a mockery of the process.

    This tells us that the NFL didn’t consider the issue (the rule) to be that important.

    Now, because someone complained, it’s become some kind of pivotal issue.

    The NFL refs handled these balls on every play. Are we to believe they did not notice that the Pats were playing with low psi? or perhaps the difference wasn’t noticeable at all.

    Either way it was the NFL who dropped the ball in all of this but yet they want to treat the issue as though it’s a primary concern.

    The NFL has been lax in it’s ball routines and selective in it’s (non)enforcement of the rule. By laying this on Brady they get to ignore THEIR RESPONSIBILITY for ball psi. This is on them.

    If you’ve got a rule you gotta enforce the rule. Don’t just show up and mete out penalties for high-profile occurrences.

  80. pwb44 says:
    May 12, 2015 10:58 AM
    I keep reading comments from Pats fans saying there is “no proof.”

    I suspect those that are saying this will never accept that Brady knew or directed that the footballs be deflated unless or until Brady confesses on TV with either Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, Larry Bird, or Bobby Orr holding the Bible.

    If you read the report, there is plenty of evidence that establishes by a “preponderance of the evidence” (the standard here as opposed to beyond a reasonable doubt) that Brady knew and directed that the footballs be deflated.

    Does anyone really think that McNally or Jastremski did this all on their own?
    ________________

    Did what? There isn’t even a reasonable suspicion that the balls were deflated. There’s an unreasonable conclusion based on unscientific results based on assumptions. It’s like convicting someone of murder without first proving that someone died.

  81. From a bias POV, this seems to be a bit of a witch hunt. I’m a football fan and I want to see the best on the field. I have no problem with the suspension, but the negative talk about the organization is unjust.

  82. Patriot fans –
    If they never cheated by taking air out the football, why did that guy call himself The Deflater?

  83. May 12, 2015 10:31 AM

    I don’t care if the dude was throwing balloons that day. The Colts couldn’t make a play on either side of the ball.
    —————————————
    Although you are more probable correct than not, that’s not the entire issue here. Sure, the Pats would have probably won that game. The question are:

    1) Did Brady cheat? More probable than not.

    2) Did Brady lie to the NFL, media and fans? Yes, without a shadow of a doubt.

    3) Did Brady comply with the NFL investigation? No, without a shadow of a doubt.

  84. “Can’t wait for them to call the two ball boys to the stand to testify about the gifts etc. and ball manipulation that brady asked them for. I also can’t wait until it comes out that he’s been doing it for past 8 years. Keep pushing your BS Kraft and tommy it will come back to bite you.”

    They fired them both. And you know all the news agencies are lining up interviews.

    Pull up a chair – this is just getting started.

  85. BOY MIKE He called himself the deflator because he deflated the ball to 12.5 regularly.How did the ball get to 16 psi in New York Jets game?

  86. rjpats says:
    May 12, 2015 11:15 AM

    Not cheating: Four game suspension
    Cooperating: $1 million fine, loss of 1st round pick, loss of 4th round pick

    Geez, what would Goodell have done if they actually did something? Blow up Gillette and then salt the earth around it so nothing will grow for a thousand years?
    —————————————
    Look a lot of Pats fans have valid points but you are highly delusional.

    Not cheating? The overwhelming evidence shows that he most likely did so I’m not sure how you KNOW he didn’t.
    Cooperating??? If he cooperated then he would have turned over his phone as requested. The FACT he didn’t turn over his phone means he did NOT cooperate.

  87. silvernblacksabbath says:
    May 12, 2015 10:32 AM

    followme2boston says:May 12, 2015 9:53 AM

    didnt this guy punch someone in college and get kicked off the team, quit on the Steelers, ostensibly so he could go back to the Pats, and get busted multiple times for smoking pot while in the league? Ah yes, the Patriot way…

    He had every right to punch the Boise dude… The Boise player put his hand on him while running his mouth…
    ———————————————–
    Actually he did not have the right to punch him. In the USA, it’s a criminal offense called Battery. He wasn’t protecting himself. He reacted to words.

  88. From NESN FOR INDY FANS DeflateGate will extend the Patriots’ reputation as cheaters, but it’s also proof Belichick is constantly one step ahead of his competition. Belichick said after Garoppolo was drafted that the Patriots never wanted to get into a situation like the 2011 Indianapolis Colts, who went 2-14 with Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky and Kerry Collins under center while Peyton Manning was injured.

  89. Roethlisberger was suspended four games for a he said / she said situation. Brady’s suspension is not unprecedented.

  90. hawks52 says:
    May 12, 2015 11:21 AM
    Patriot fans –
    If they never cheated by taking air out the football, why did that guy call himself The Deflater?
    ____________

    Because he’s the guy that’s in charge of the air in the balls? Prior to the refs inspecting them, someone needs to inflate (or deflate) the balls to get them to where the team wants them, hence, he is the deflater because team likes the balls a little bit below where they come out of the box.

    My turn! If the refs (not just Anderson, but all of them) swore up and down that they’ve never had the balls out of their sight before a game, how does this guy calling himself the deflater months before the AFCCG have any bearing on anything? Is he giving the balls to the refs, having them check them, then deflating them right there in front of the refs, throwing them in a bag and taking them to the field? If you believe the refs, then this is the first time it’s ever even possible it happened. If that’s the case, what are the odds that the one time the NFL sets up a sting operation, that’s the one time the Patriots decide to deflate the balls? Do you honestly believe that?

  91. All of you Pats fans…this entire fiasco is on one person Tom Brady… not Goodell, not Wells and most certainly not on the two guys suspended indefinitely…and he doesn’t have the courage to step up…Rather, he stands on the sidelines and watches Yee, Kraft and all Patriots fans screaming unfair, unfair. I don’t believe this incident will negatively impact his career accomplishments. (First ballot hof) But unfortunately, his lack of character and integrity will also follow him forever…he apparently feels this is a small price to pay…so deny, deny, deny. Sad.

  92. Tom Brady and Robert Kraft are doing their absolute best to go down in NFL history books as complete frauds.

    Going on the offensive worked really well for Lance Armstrong right?

  93. ejmat2 says:
    May 12, 2015 11:25 AM

    Look a lot of Pats fans have valid points but you are highly delusional.

    Not cheating? The overwhelming evidence shows that he most likely did so I’m not sure how you KNOW he didn’t.
    Cooperating??? If he cooperated then he would have turned over his phone as requested. The FACT he didn’t turn over his phone means he did NOT cooperate.
    _________
    Based on the scientific analysis, in conjunction with the evidence (testimony), it shows it is unlikely that the balls were tampered with. If it is unlikely that the balls were tampered with, there is no cheating (not that a little air in a ball is “cheating”, per se, but I’ll humor you).

    Also, he met with them and answered all their questions. That’s cooperating. If they wanted him to dress up like a pirate and do the macarena, if he refused is that failing to cooperate with the investigation? What if they wanted to waterboard him to get him to admit to something? If he refused, is that failing to cooperate? Cooperation doesn’t mean agreeing to anything that someone asks. It means agreeing to reasonable access in order to move the investigation forward. An interview satisfies that.

  94. brazzz01 says:
    May 12, 2015 9:39 AM

    If Brady and the Patriots really are innocent… they’re going to fight this and its going to get ugly. If they do anything less than that… then they are guilty.

    It’s that simple. Let’s see what happens.
    _________________________________

    As a Pats fan I couldn’t agree with you more.

  95. Yep, he will have the rings.

    And, yep, he will always have the cloud over his head from football fans other than pats fans.

    That is reality.

  96. “There is a BIG difference in placing a ball in front of a sideline heater to try to get it warm (because it’s so cold outside) and sticking a needle into the ball (on numerous occasions) to intentionally let air out of it to below legal levels.”

    No, there’s not. Both are against the rules, and both qualify as tampering.

    The difference here is that the one which was CONCLUSIVELY PROVEN TO HAVE HAPPENED IN PLAIN SIGHT received *no* punishment, while THE ONE THAT IS ONLY CIRCUMSTANTIALLY SPECULATED TO *PERHAPS* HAVE HAPPENED BY A LEAGUE-SPONSORED INVESTIGATION received a suspension, gigantic fine, and loss of draft picks.

    You are lying to yourself if this is “fair” to you.

  97. Shouldn’t his C,WRs, TEs and RBs be suspended to though? Just food for thought,as PROFESSIONAL as they are they touch the ball just as much as Brady they knew what the ball felt like and they all damn well knew the advantages..the O-line excluding the C,they don’t touch the ball so they wouldn’t know.

  98. What is ridiculous is letting the cheater play in the superbowl. It was obvious he cheated. Should have been suspended the superbowl. This sends one message….cheating will get you a slap on the wrist.

  99. Tony Z….the Vikes did this in broad daylight. If I’m not mistaken so did the Panthers. Warming the ball probably raised the Psi according to the ideal gas law so these guys didn’t do their homework and were not versed premeditated cheaters. That’s why they have no rings. I’m sure the balls stayed nice and toasty for like yhe next 90 seconds. Having a dude hide in a bathroom to impart a permanent effect on a ball and then weakly lie to cover it up is completely different.

  100. lets not forget the pats getting away with tampering to even get blount off the steelers

  101. Brady should admit his guilt, apologize, take his punishment with some class, and move on. That would be a first by any NE Patriot.

  102. Blount and “ridiculous” definitely belong together. Just not in this context.

  103. “Tony Z….the Vikes did this in broad daylight.”

    Exactly my point — and they faced no punishment.

    “Having a dude hide in a bathroom to impart a permanent effect on a ball and then weakly lie to cover it up is completely different.”

    Yes, it sure would be, if that ever conclusively happened.

    To sum up:
    Tamper with footballs in plain sight: no punishment
    Get accused of tampering while being on the Patriots: large punishment

  104. This is from a guy who likes to toke and tried to bring Le’veon Bells career down the drain. Nothing Blount says has any credibility. Get back to toking, Le’Garrette. Y0u’ll be out of the league soon.

  105. “My turn! If the refs (not just Anderson, but all of them) swore up and down that they’ve never had the balls out of their sight before a game, how does this guy calling himself the deflater months before the AFCCG have any bearing on anything? ”

    Then why was he let go by the team?

  106. “Cooperation doesn’t mean agreeing to anything that someone asks. It means agreeing to reasonable access in order to move the investigation forward. An interview satisfies that.”

    Wrong. He had information that he willfully withheld. All the Patriot fans that want to equate this with a legal proceeding should realize that if it actually WERE a legal proceeding, Brady would be forced to give that evidence or face contempt of court charges (with the threat of jail time).

    Kraft said they would accept whatever punishment the league handed out. The Patriots are liars from top to bottom.

  107. This isn’t going to stoke the Pats fans. If anything they will be “deflated” because they can’t get away with anything anymore.

    Walking that straight line is going to be too much. Not to mention that bum defense. The Steelers will bomb that bum defense in that Thursday night.

  108. rjpats says:
    May 12, 2015 11:39 AM

    ejmat2 says:
    May 12, 2015 11:25 AM

    Look a lot of Pats fans have valid points but you are highly delusional.

    Not cheating? The overwhelming evidence shows that he most likely did so I’m not sure how you KNOW he didn’t.
    Cooperating??? If he cooperated then he would have turned over his phone as requested. The FACT he didn’t turn over his phone means he did NOT cooperate.
    _________
    Based on the scientific analysis, in conjunction with the evidence (testimony), it shows it is unlikely that the balls were tampered with. If it is unlikely that the balls were tampered with, there is no cheating (not that a little air in a ball is “cheating”, per se, but I’ll humor you).

    Also, he met with them and answered all their questions. That’s cooperating. If they wanted him to dress up like a pirate and do the macarena, if he refused is that failing to cooperate with the investigation? What if they wanted to waterboard him to get him to admit to something? If he refused, is that failing to cooperate? Cooperation doesn’t mean agreeing to anything that someone asks. It means agreeing to reasonable access in order to move the investigation forward. An interview satisfies that.
    —————————————
    You can humor me all you want. The fact is which is proven by text messages that Brady lied about supposedly not knowing the equipment person’s name. Then he REFUSED to give up his phone which means he DIDN’T comply. Yes cooperation is agreeing to give the evidence to the NFL so they can complete their investigation. Not sure why you are arguing that point. Yes he answered questions. My question is did he tell the truth? The lengthy investigation shows he most likely did not.

  109. Hahahahahahahahahaha Patriots

    How do you spell Patriots…………CHEATERS hahahahahahahahahahah

  110. Well there we go folks! The voice of reason has spoken. Cancel the loss of draft picks and Brady’s suspension and we’ll start fresh.

    Allie, allie all home free.

  111. @garglebargle says:
    May 12, 2015 10:09 AM

    Again, this was a witch-hunt, plain and simple.
    ———————————————————–
    Yes,and the witch gets 4 games to fly around on his broom!!!

  112. I agree w/ Blount, it is ridiculous and shameful that the suspension is 4 games. Should have been at least 8 plus a year long suspension for BB who is at the helm when CHEATING occurred AGAIN and a year suspension from football related activities for Kraft.

  113. He only left the Steelers because their properly inflated balls were harder to carry.

  114. The league had to fabricate a way for all of the butthurt fans of the other 31 teams to cope with getting slammed by the Pats year after year. Thus the fairytale known as deflategate. Now just imagine the reaction when the Pats go 4-0 to start off next season….. What will you losers invent then?

  115. Not sure what us “losers” invented or fabricated. I’m pretty sure a complaint was made to the NFL Front Office and an investigation ensued that showed overwhelming evidence a rule was broken by the Patriots organization. Then the QB lied straight to everyone’s face by stating he didn’t know the equipment handlers then he refused to give his cell phone which could have proven his innocents if in fact he was innocent.

    It appears to me the only one that INVENTED anything was Brady by stating the lies above. #TRUTH.

  116. BREAKING: 9-1-1 lines in Boston overloaded today as thousands of citizens call for the WAHmbulance.

  117. dexterismyhero says:
    May 12, 2015 12:46 PM

    Again, this was a witch-hunt, plain and simple.
    ——————————————–
    If they act like a witch, look like a witch and smells like a witch, they must be a witch.

  118. A word of advice Blount…nobody cares about the opinion of a pot head currently employed by the Factory of Cheaters! Where’s a Tsunami when you need one! That toilet bowl of cheating liars needs a serious courtesy flush!

  119. A loser who sucker-punches people in the face when they aren’t looking doesn’t understand fair play. Stop the presses!

  120. Good thing McNally kept his day job. TB OWES these 2 BIG for taking the fall. Get out your checkbook Tommy. Take care of the guys who did your dirty work.

  121. Pats fans are too funny. On 1 hand you say everyone cheats and on the other hand you claim there’s no proof anyone cheated. Pats fans have the reasoning of a 5 year old.

  122. Isn’t it ironic that Blount got suspended for inhaling air and Brady got suspended for exhaling air? Brian Williams just reported that both of them are innocent.

  123. I’m curious what people think the penalty should be for cheating the game (multiple times?) and then failing to cooperate with an investigation?

    So many people that have never had to face the consequences for their actions…

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.