Don Shula criticizes Patriots: 'We didn't deflate any balls'
Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula took a dig at the New England Patriots and the "Deflategate" controversy on Saturday.
Shula, who coached the team to back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1973 and 1974 served as a guest of honor at the Dolphins' 50th season celebration. During his speech, he took a not-so-veiled shot at the Patriots, in the wake of this week's report which detailed Ted Wells' investigation into the matter, which allegedly occurred during New England's AFC championship game win against Indianapolis.
"Our record in those 50 years was always done with a lot of class, a lot of dignity, a lot of doing it the right way," Shula said, according to ESPN's James Walker. "We didn't deflate any balls."
His comments were met with chuckles from around the room. Shula was asked to elaborate by media after his speech.
"I coached for 33 years and I've never once in that 33-year period of time ever even talked or heard anyone talk about the air in the football," Shula said. "So I'm not going to start talking about the air in the football."
Punishment has yet to be handed down by the league.
- Jeremy Woo