Thursday February 5th, 2015

Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley says he believes that the four Super Bowl wins by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are “tainted” in part because of the latest scandal surrounding the team.

Haley, who was elected to the Hall of Fame last weekend, is the only player with five Super Bowl rings, winning two with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys.

Haley was asked by Talk of Fame Network who he would take between Tom Brady and Joe Montana. Haley said Montana.

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“Joe didn’t have to cheat,” Haley said. “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."

Haley thought that "something is wrong,” after seeing Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explain multiple times what he thought happened to the football.

The NFL is still investigating if the Patriots were playing with underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC championship game of their 45-7 rout over the Indianapolis Colts.

“This is what Charles Haley believes — it’s going to come back to haunt him one day,” he 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."

Brady, who was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, has said he did not know how the footballs got deflated. He and Belichick have denied any wrongdoing.

- Scooby Axson

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