Charles Haley rips Brady for "cheating"

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Here we go again. Charles Haley, 5-time Super Bowl champ and Hall of Famer, said that he's not a fan of Tom Brady anymore, according to WEEI:

“Joe didn’t have to cheat,” Haley said in an interview with Talk of Fame Network. “I’ve lost all respect [for Brady]. When your integrity is challenged in the game of football, to me, all his Super Bowls are tainted. You have to say this just didn’t happen overnight. Who wants that shadow over them? I could be wrong. But I realize there were 12 balls deflated and 12 ain’t. Then you’ve got [Bill] Belichick coming on three different times trying to explain it. … You know something is wrong.”

“This is what Charles Haley believes — it’s going to come back to haunt him one day,” Haley said. “If the league doesn’t come down on this guy … Everybody is talking about it. Nobody believes it was by accident. It is what it is.

“I’m not going to take any of his Super Bowl rings away from him. But it’s sad that it has to be tainted like it is right now. Hopefully they’ll come out and let us know what really happened. Then all the mystery is gone.”

First off, there were 11 balls that were deflated, and of those, only one was 2 PSI under 12.5 PSI (the low end of the NFL's legal limit) and the rest were only a few ticks under the limit according to a report by Ian Rappaport. And 2nd, the league has yet to finish their investigation, so we don't even know if the Patriots are guilty or not.

And you could talk about the 49er's allegedly circumventing the salary cap when they built their dynasty, but let's forget that, right Charles? But I guess it's now the cool thing to take a shot at Brady and the Patriots because jumping to conclusions without any real evidence is now a thing, right? I do agree with Haley on one point, though - hopefully the NFL finishes the investigation soon and puts an end to the mystery. I'm getting bored with all the haters.