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What is the Media Saying About Deflategate?

Thursday, May 21, 2015


What is the Media Saying About Deflategate?

The Patriots in action. Photo Courtesy of: Flickr/Alan Kotok

American sports media members have been covering the Deflategate story surrounding the New England Patriots much like they would any other scandal - with a wide range of opinion and analysis as to its implications. 

Once the Wells Report was released, columnists, reporters, and fans alike dissected it with a fine-toothed comb and attempted to understand what flaws -- or correct accusations -- existed. Ultimately, per Roger Goodell's initiative, the NFL handed out a punishment that fined the Patriots $1 million and stripped the four-time Super Bowl champions of a first-round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth-round draft pick in 2017.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft has since announced he will not appeal the sanctions, but Tom Brady's plan to appeal his own four-game suspension appears to be intact. 

In light of all the developments, reporters and columnists have articulated a wide range of opinions on where the Patriots' legacy lies, whether or not Goodell and the NFL handled the scandal through just measures, how much Tom Brady actually knew, and more. To get a sense at just how broad the spectrum is, here's a look at 10 different prominent news perspectives from across the country. 


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Here is what many of the top sports voices throughout the country have been saying about Deflategate. 

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Gregg Doyel

The Indy Star

Indianapolis, Indiana


Doyel has had some choice words for Brady and the Patriots throughout the whole scandal. Here is some of his most recent ramblings: 

"He got away with it. Tom Brady did. So did the Patriots. They got away with it, all of them, because what they did was cheat the Colts in the AFC championship game."

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Colbert I. King

The Washington Post

Washington, D.C.


King took it upon himself to question Brady’s good-boy image.

"Smooth faces, toothpaste smiles, every hair in place — manly men, skilled warriors and cut as clean as can be. All that’s seen on the surface — and so superficial. Folks out there, keep judging a book by its cover, and see what you get.

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David Waldstein

The New York Times

New York, New York

Sports Reporter

Waldstein seriously questioned the Patriot’s response to the Wells Report.

"The Patriots’ rebuttal, which sets the team on a course directly at odds with the league, mirrored the Wells report in one way, by diminishing the impact of its arguments by including some questionable claims — most notably the deflator weight-loss argument, which only invites ridicule.”

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Photo courtesy of Waldstein's Twitter account (@DavidWaldstein)

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Austin Knoblauch

The LA Times

Los Angeles, California

Sports Reporter

Knoblauch recently reported that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada wondered why the NFL treats the Patriot’s conundrum with more scrutiny than the Washington Redskin’s controversial name.

"A day after the NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games and took away draft picks and fined the team, Reid suggested on Twitter that the league needs to get its priorities straight."

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Don Banks

Sports Illustrated

Senior Writer

Banks shed light on the lack of perspective the NFL displayed when dishing out the respective punishments to Brady and the Patriots.

"Punishment was certainly in order. But it should have been a punishment that remotely fit the crime, not an over-the-top reaction to a practice that is thought to be all but part and parcel with playing quarterback in the NFL - that is, each passer’s never-ending search to create his best possible comfort zone with his most important piece of equipment, the football."

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Shalise Manza Young

The Boston Globe

Boston, Massachusetts

Sports Reporter

While many reporters throughout the country have been blasting New England, Young reported on former Patriot Matt Light’s supportive comments.

"Asked what he would say to those who believe Brady is a cheater, Light, who played with Brady for 11 years, replied, 'Well, you can say whatever you want in this world until you get punched in the mouth. Things change at that point, right?’”

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Photo courtesy of Young's Twitter account (@shalisemyoung)

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Dan Le Batard

The Miami Herald

Miami, Florida

Sports Columnist and Radio Host

Le Batard highly criticized the credibility of the NFL and Roger Goodell, especially considering how they handled scandals like Deflategate.

"That his random punishment system, making up the rules as he goes, keeps negative stories in the news cycle longer than normal as we debate and await over-punishment is not great for that image and integrity he’s trying so zealously to protect.”

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Nancy Armour


Sports Columnist

Armour suggested that the Patriots attempts to clean up from the Deflategate scandal demonstrates desperation. 

"The New England Patriots should have quit while they were ahead.”

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Photo courtesy of Gannett Company, Inc. 

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Dave Hyde

The Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Hyde sheds light on the toll Deflategate has taken on the famed "Patriot Way". 

"For all their trophies, for all their slogans, and for all the manner Kraft has built a winning organization on and off the field, there's only one way to view the Patriots now: They're this generation's Al Davis Raiders. 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying,' those Raiders said."

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Tim Cowlishaw

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas, Texas


Cowlishaw believes that Brady's punishment is merely a result of the league's perpetual conquest for punishment.

"We live in the era of Great Punishment, and Tom Brady is merely the latest to fall victim to our punitive wishes."

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