Four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady was handed a four-game suspension on Monday by the NFL for his part in the deflategate saga.
As we all know by now, the Patriots and Brady were accused of deflating footballs during their AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The NFL conducted its own investigation into the matter and brought in lawyer Ted Wells. Wells' investigation concluded last week that Brady was at least "generally aware" about the tampering, which led the NFL to eventually suspending the star quarterback as a punishment.
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Naturally, Patriots owner Robert Kraft has issued a statement detailing his disgust at the decision and claims it is only based on circumstantial evidence.
However, Giants quarterback Eli Manning came out on Tuesday and defended the NFL's decision. Manning admitted that he will be sad to see Brady suspended, but he knows it's the right decision if Brady is adjudged to have broken the rules.
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“I don’t like to see anybody get suspended, I don’t like to see anybody get in trouble, so in no way am I glad to see this happen,” Manning told the New York Daily News.
“I think it is about integrity and you have to follow the rules. So if someone’s breaking rules I understand they’re going to get punished.”
Since the story broke in January that the Patriots had been accused of deflating balls to gain a competitive edge, many experts have questioned whether or not deflated balls are actually easier to throw and catch.
Manning himself admitted that he has played around with under inflated balls since the deflategate story broke and admitted that there is a "noticeable difference." But the two-time Super Bowl winner stopped well short of saying that under inflated balls definitely offer an edge.
“Yeah, there is a difference. A noticeable difference," Manning added. "Whether there’s an advantage or not that’s all dependent on what a quarterback likes or what it’s like in cold weather or when it’s wet. There’s other factors into it, so I’m not sure.”
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