NFL previously cleared the Steelers of another Deflategate-like case

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The NFL acted quickly this morning to quell any complaints about the Steelers using a deflated football in their preseason game last night. And it wasn’t the first time.

During the 2016 season, the Giants complained that they tested two Steelers footballs after turnovers, and found that both of them were inflated below the league minimum level. But the NFL quickly released a statement saying there was no issue.

This morning, the NFL did it again, quickly releasing a statement saying that a football used by the Steelers last night came defective from the manufacturer, Wilson, rather than being tampered with by the Steelers.

Of course, Patriots fans will be left asking why the NFL is so quick to move on when there’s a suggestion that the Steelers may have been tampering with footballs. When the Patriots were accused, the NFL spent a fortune on a months-long investigation that resulted in Tom Brady getting suspended and the Patriots getting stripped of two draft picks.

The NFL is unlikely to have an answer to that question that will satisfy the folks in New England. But the league clearly wants this story to go away swiftly.

38 responses to “NFL previously cleared the Steelers of another Deflategate-like case

  1. Not only that, the NFL WAS SUPPOSE TO BE TRANSPARENT in their year long monitoring of game balls but instead have kept it secret……
    Because it PROVES the Patriots were FRAMED!!!

  2. Why weren’t the Giants investigated for tampering with footballs in that case either? Its illegal to insert a needle into any football after ref inspection. A needle gauge does let out a small amount of air every time its used, thus the Giants (and Colts in AFCCG) both violated ball protocol. But the NFL doesn’t care…

  3. The good news is that, like all other Goodell plans, Deflategate worked like a charm and the Patriots immediately collap-no they went to three Super Bowls.

  4. See what happens when you actually cooperate with an investigation Tom Brady? I hope you have learned from this situation. You obviously did not learn from the previous one.

  5. Well, if they can’t do this, they’ll just have to go back to having Tomlin interfere with returners.

  6. pastabelly says:

    August 10, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Deflategate was never really about deflated footballs. It was about payback.

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    It was about league parity. The league makes more money with attendance…television viewership, and merchandise sales…when fans of more teams believe that their team can win.

    The Patriots were previously over punished for locating a camera a few feet away from the allowed camera position for a portion of a single televised game. To punish success…the league made that punishment contingent on the standing at the end of the season. The Patriots ended up losing a 1st round draft pick because they had a good record.

  7. weepingjebus says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:13 am
    The good news is that, like all other Goodell plans, Deflategate worked like a charm and the Patriots immediately collap-no they went to three Super Bowls.

    1 0 Rate This

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    All 4 SB losses have been tied to 345 Park Ave Cheating:

    1. SB 31 – NFL offices all but encouraged the Jets to interview Parcells during SB week to distract from the SB.

    2. SB 42 – Lie of a Walkthrough tape distratcted the players. They admitted it afterwards.

    3. SB 46 – Stolen 1st rd pick not available from Framegate I. They probably win that game vs the Giants as well.

    Note how NY is involved in all of this cheating, since both NY owners tell Goodell what to do.

    4. Sb 52 – Another 1st rd pick went missing after Framegate IIs punishmnet, which we know to be a a proven farce in a federal court.

    Mara told Goodell to frame Exekiel Elliott, the Eagles then benefitted, and just won a SB with homefield advantage to win an easy division, that mara was probably hoping his team would win with Elliott not available.

    See?

    The Pats have never cheated. They’ve been framed twice and 4 Super Bowls affected by institutionalized cheating out of 345 Park Ave.

    Disgusting.

  8. 7timechamp
    Aug 10, 2018, 11:20 AM EDT
    See what happens when you actually cooperate with an investigation Tom Brady? I hope you have learned from this situation. You obviously did not learn from the previous one.

    First off, the funny thing about your comment is that if you read the Wells Report, which I will bet my life on that you didn’t, Ted Wells actually states that both Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were extremely cooperative during his investigation. Ironic huh. So how exactly did the Steeers cooperate with the “investigation”? The NFL took the footballs in question. It seems as if the Steelers didn’t have a chance to cooperate since the NFL decided it didn’t want to investigate them. The better question is why. This is exactly how Deflategate began so why was 1 team investigated and one team wasn’t. I can answer that question for you but I’m curious as to why you think the NFL did that. They can say it was a manufacturing error but that still doesn’t explain when they were caught using under inflated balls back in 2016. Ask yourself this, if this article was about the Patriots and not the Steelers do you really think the outcome would have been the same.

  9. 7timechamp says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:20 am
    See what happens when you actually cooperate with an investigation Tom Brady? I hope you have learned from this situation. You obviously did not learn from the previous one.

    Investigation? It happened less than 24 hours ago! I’ll bet no one came running over at halftime proclaiming you’re in big trouble now like they did during the Framegate sting.

  10. Just so we’re clear … $5+ million to determine the balls weren’t defective vs a (yet another) phone call to determine the balls weren’t defective.

    Carry on.

  11. Lets see a mean less preseason game we want controversy yet a play off game everyone want to call foul

  12. Roger now understands the ideal gas law. While most of us learned it as part of our 6th grade science education, Roger learned it later in life at a much more expensive cost.

  13. Ya see! When you are honest and forthright from the start Pittsburgh),things work out just fine. Patriots cheating ways have been exposed a number of times so it’s obvious that they are not good at cheating. What I mean by that is they get caught quite often. A well earned reputation and asterisk filled suspicious shady New England era is recognized by all that watch NFL football.

  14. vikings1234 says:
    August 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    Roger now understands the ideal gas law. While most of us learned it as part of our 6th grade science education, Roger learned it later in life at a much more expensive cost.
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    Yeah $5+ million worth.

  15. The Pats have never cheated. They’ve been framed twice and 4 Super Bowls affected by institutionalized cheating out of 345 Park Ave.

    Disgusting.

    Sorry to tell ya Skippy but your team got punished for cheating and no matter how many times you deny it and spin your INfowar type conspiracy theories you cant change it……so smile Francis it could worse you could be guilty of lying like Trump.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    The Pats have never cheated. They’ve been framed twice and 4 Super Bowls affected by institutionalized cheating out of 345 Park Ave.

    Disgusting.

    Sorry to tell ya Skippy but your team got punished for cheating and no matter how many times you deny it and spin your INfowar type conspiracy theories you cant change it……so smile Francis it could worse you could be guilty of lying like Trump.
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    Welcome to the club of fans of a team that cheats but always get away with it.

  17. Steelers are not Jets rivals that’s why. Ex-Jets honchos in the NFL were vindictive against the Pats and concocted 2 scandals against them. Pats alleged violations are non-issue to other teams otherwise.

  18. None of these northeasters ever heard the words “ideal gas law” until Deflategate happened, but act like experts on it.

  19. Welcome to the club of fans of a team that cheats but always get away with it.

    Ok Francis how many draft picks have the Steelers lost to cheating? You can say the Steelers cheat as much as you want that doesn’t change when you wake up the next day…..relax and just go with the flow as cheaters because everybody knows you guys as the Cheats….enjoy Francis.

  20. Deflategate was never really about deflated footballs. It was about payback.

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    The “payback” argument never made any sense to me. When the penalties were handed down in 2007, nobody thought they were too lenient. Goodell even said that he took away the first round pick to damage the Patriots long term. NFL leadership and the owners that wanted to take the Patriots down expected the team slide back and become mediocre. They were going to be missing a #1 pick and they weren’t able to steal signals, which was believed to be a huge part of their success. It turned out, though, that filming signals didn’t matter and, while the missing first rounder may have kept them from winning Super Bowls, the Patriots were still the best team in their division, still in the playoffs every year and still one of the best teams in the AFC.

    If other NFL owners were mad that the Patriots didn’t fall apart post-spygate, that makes them look bad, not New England. They over-punished a minor infraction in 2007 and, when that didn’t have the desire effect, they concocted a fraudulent “deflated football” scheme to levy more punishment. If you’re looking for people who are damaging the integrity of the game, those are the people you should be looking at.

  21. Everyone on the far left side of the Bell Curve believes that a team let air out of footballs back in 2015.

    With so many media stories all repeating incorrect information it was easy to dupe so many gullible dimwits into believing that someone deflated the Colts footballs AND the Patriots footballs in order to give the Patriots an advantage.

  22. Nofoolnodrool says:

    August 10, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Welcome to the club of fans of a team that cheats but always get away with it.

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    You can stop repeating the “cheats” nonsense now. Every small minded dimwit on the planet already believes it.

  23. Minor infraction? They had a cheating system in place dating back several years before they were caught. You northeasters live in a fantasy land.

  24. Rooney got to the NFL and instituted a coverup. Obviously, Steelers wanted Rudolph to look good so they cheated when they thought no one was looking. Those days are over. Just ask Dr. Rydze.

  25. Just because the NFL did the most screwed up frame job in history the first time around does not mean they have to do that the second or third time. They handled the Steelers incidents completely correctly so no complaints, and it will always be a shame they failed to do that with the Patriots.

  26. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    August 10, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    Minor infraction? They had a cheating system in place dating back several years before they were caught. You northeasters live in a fantasy land.

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    Its not just regarding football or sports where you know that as soon as you hear the term ‘cheating system’ you kniw you are listening to a mindless ranter.

  27. factpurveyor says:
    August 10, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    Everyone on the far left side of the Bell Curve believes that a team let air out of footballs back in 2015.

    With so many media stories all repeating incorrect information it was easy to dupe so many gullible dimwits into believing that someone deflated the Colts footballs AND the Patriots footballs in order to give the Patriots an advantage.

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    Truly woke folk know that Trump let the air out of the footballs to divide the country in order to create a scenario in which he could get elected. Russia is just a red herring to distract Mueller from finding this out. Confirmed by unnamed sources.

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