Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl title last Sunday when they defeated Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Arizona.
Brady managed to pick up his third Super Bowl MVP in the process, but there are many discerning voices that believe Brady and the Patriots' latest title is somewhat tainted.
Deflate-gate stole the headlines following New England's AFC Championship Game win over Indianapolis Colts last month, and legendary Dallas Cowboys defensive end Charles Haley is not about to let Brady and the Pats forget about those accusations.
Haley: Brady is a cheat
Haley is firmly of the belief that the Patriots and Brady are a bunch of cheaters. The five-time Super Bowl winner is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game and won five championships with the 49ers and the Cowboys in the 1980's and 90's.
Naturally, in an appearance on Talk of Fame, Clark Judge asked Haley to compare Brady to one of his former team-mates - the great four-time Super Bowl winning QB Joe Montana. Haley's response? No comparison.
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“Joe didn’t have to cheat. 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," Haley said, according to ProFootballTalk.
"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 [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick coming on three different times trying to explain it. You know something is wrong."
Brady will be haunted
To say that this is a strong opinion that Haley has against the Patriots would be an understatement. And the former Cowboy was not about to back down, with Haley adding that Brady will be haunted by deflate-gate.
“This is what Charles Haley believes — it’s going to come back to haunt him one day. Everybody is talking about it. Nobody believes it was by accident. It is what it is," Haley added.
"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.”
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