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The NFL found that 11 of the 12 game balls the Patriots used were deflated. This is hardly unique to the Patriots, though. Brad Johnson, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers when they won the Super Bowl in 2002, shelled out $7,500 to make sure all the balls were set to his standards, according to Yahoo Sports.

"I paid some guys off to get the balls right," Johnson now admits. "I went and got all 100 footballs, and they took care of all of them."

How much did it cost Johnson? "Seventy-five hundred (dollars)," he said.

"They took care of them."

Mind you, the NFL has yet to determine whether or not the Patriots had a role in deflating the 11 balls, but the Patriots always seem to take the fall for these things. This is hardly exclusive to the Patriots, but the when the Patriots appear to do something like this, everyone loses their minds because "Oh, Spygate!! The Patriots MUST be cheating!"

I'll say it again - the league hasn't found the Patriots guilty yet, and there are a lot of holes in jumping to the conclusion the Patriots are guilty. Primarily, why didn't the refs notice when they handled the balls before every offensive snap? You would think the refs would notice that the balls were lighter then regulation standards. Let's forget logic, though, and just jump to conclusions because of Spygate, right?

Conor Frederick 1/21/2015 11:20:00 AM Edit

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