Former Saints Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn is in Tom Brady's corner. Horn defended Brady, downplaying Deflategate entirely.
“I’m not mad at Tom. He’s a great athlete and he does what he needs to do to win the football game. If he deflated balls and the guys did it for him, I’m not mad at Tom for that,” Horn said. “Guys do things all the time to get ahead that the NFL doesn’t know about.”
Finally, someone with some sense. It sounds like Horn wouldn't want Brady to miss any games, and that he knows deflating footballs really isn't that big of a crime.
As we know, Brady is going to go toe to toe with Commissioner Roger Goodell in his attempt to get his four-game suspension reduced or wiped out entirely. Goodell had been asked by the NFL Player's Association to recuse himself as the arbitrator in this case, but he denied the request.
Horn apparently isn't a fan of this, as he noted how he doesn't like how much power Goodell has. He used the Saints Bountygate scandal as an example.
“I don’t like what Roger Goodell is doing,” Horn said. “He has so much power that he can almost shut people down. I just don’t like him. And I don’t like that on draft day these kids don’t know that they’re hugging the devil. I hate to see kids that are lost and then happy but they really don’t know the man they’re hugging will rip their throat apart.”
Though Horn supports Brady and is against Goodell, he added that he thinks Bill Belichick should be suspended for a full season due to Deflategate.
“Who I’m mad at, who I do disrespect and who should be suspended for a year, it should be his head coach because he knows what everyone is doing.”
His frustration towards Belichick is sort of understandable, seeing as how many know how on top of everything Belichick is. Despite the Wells Report clearing Belichick entirely, some believe he still had a hand in whatever happened.
You can read Horn's full interview here.
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