Deflate-Gate roundup: Sherman, Brady, Kim K, and more
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Richard Sherman, per WEEI:
“Will they be punished? Probably not,” Sherman said. “Not as long as Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes. I think it was just at Kraft’s house last week before the AFC championship, you know. Talk about conflict of interest.’
‘It was indifferent. It doesn’t really affect us at all,” said Sherman. “It wasn’t like we cared either way, honestly. It didn’t really affect us either way.’
To be fair to Sherman, he said this before Robert Kraft called out Goodell and said he expects an apology from the league, but these are still a little ridiculous. If Kraft and Goodell are so buddy-buddy, why are the Pats being investigated in the first place?
On to Tom Brady, who believes the league will wait until after the SUper Bowl to speak to him. He also talked about if this would be a distraction.
“No, no. I believe they’re going to do after the season, so we’ll deal with it after this game,” Brady said.
“I certainly hope not,” said Brady. “I think we’re a pretty mentally tough team, and I think we’ve dealt with other things in the past,” Brady said. “I think coach [Bill Belichick] has always said ‘ignore the noise’ and we have to focus on the task at hand, which is a great Seahawks team. I’m excited to play in another Super Bowl. You don’t get many of these opportunities in your life. … We finished our last practice [Sunday] here in Foxboro and we head out [Monday] to Phoenix, so it will be good to get there and get into the week. I think we feel good about where we’re at.”
That's kind of surprising. I would have thought Tom Brady would have been at the top of the list to talk to, but I guess not. I also thought the league would finish the investigation by Friday since they wouldn't want this hanging over them during the Super Bowl, so what do I know, right?
Odell Beckham, Jr, the New York Giants wide receiver, weighed in and said that deflated balls are an advantage, per Burt Hubbach on Twitter:
Odell Beckham Jr. told me it's easier to catch a deflated ball and that doing so would have been an advantage for the Patriots.
— Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) January 26, 2015
This isn't surprising. I wouldn't doubt it. Especially given that a number of quarterbacks have come out and said they like their balls a certain way.
According to the Boston Globe, Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung is playing dumb and acting like he doesn't know anything, which probably means he's more than happy to let the Patriots deal with it.
According to Pro Football Talk, Russell Wilson believes it had nothing to do with the outcome of the game.
“It had nothing to do with anything,” Wilson said. “We’re not focused on that. We’re focused on playing our football and playing one play at a time, and trying to find a way to win the Super Bowl. . . . I don’t think the integrity of the game’s under assault or whatever you want to say. I think that we have a lot of great football players in this football league and we do things the right way.”
“In terms of the football pregame, I just want to have a football out there to throw. That’s all I look forward to,” he said. “All those distractions about the footballs have nothing to do with us.”
And, finally, Kim Kardashian also weighed in, saying it was all hype according to For The Win.
Despite being a Patriots fan — at least for the week — Kardashian West said she wasn’t sure what to think about Deflategate. “It’s an interesting story,” she said. “I think they played well. They deserve the spot, and you know I don’t really know … If it’s rumors that happened, if it’s fact or just if that’s really what happens. I’m excited to watch the game. I don’t really feed into all of that, sometimes I just think it’s hype.”
I can't take this one seriously. I can't take Kim K seriously. But, if you're the league, you know you have a problem when Kim K comes out and says it's all hype. Maybe it's time for them to put an end to all this.
Well, there you have it. That's the latest on this stupidity. Now, if only we had something more conclusive from the league...