New England Patriots have faced plenty of criticism ever since they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game in January after they were put at the center of a cheating storm.
Superstar quarterback Tom Brady was accused of ordering Patriots' staff to deflate footballs during the game, and he was suspended for four games after the NFL conducted an investigation into the matter.
The Patriots have received heavy criticism from players past and present, while former Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis has also had unkind words for his former team.
Now with the New York Jets, Revis was joined by another one of his teammates who used to play with him in New England, Stevan Ridley, with the running back saying that the Pats made a clear mistake.
The tailback wasn't on the field for the AFC Championship Game win against the Colts due to a torn ACL injury that ended his season well before the playoffs. But nonetheless, Ridley was asked about deflategate this week, and his former team won't like what he had to say.
“They made a mistake,” Ridley told NJ.com. “The best thing that can happen is that they deal with that on their own. That has nothing to do with the New York Jets, and this is where I am now."
Title win not tainted
Even though those comments are slightly critical, the running back still argues that the Patriots' Super Bowl win shouldn't be tainted by deflategate.
"At the end of the day, the Super Bowl champs are the Super Bowl champs. The football is deflated or not, it took a lot of hard work to get there. I’m not saying they’re right; I’m not saying they’re wrong. But what I am saying is you can’t take away that they got that title."
It has been reported that Ridley said that he didn't have any "first-hand" information about the Patriots' tampering and he repeated that it was his old team's responsibility to move on from the deflategate saga quickly and peacefully.