Current and former NFL players react to Deflategate on Twitter.
On Tuesday night, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that 11 of New England Patriots' 12 allotted footballs used at Sunday's AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated by two pounds of air (PSI) less than league regulations allow.
After Mortensen's report, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that members of the Baltimore Ravens said they think slightly underinflated kicking balls were used during their AFC divisional round game against New England. Other current and former NFL players took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Deflategate.
Colts TE Dwayne Allen:
Former NFL quarterback Matt Leinart
Every team tampers with the footballs. Ask any Qb In the league, this is ridiculous!!— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) January 21, 2015
Colts cornerback Darius Butler:
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski:
Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee:
If New England was to be DQ'd.. We'd be their replacements right??... I should probably lay off these strawberry margs— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 21, 2015
Former NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice:
Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner:
Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano:
(1/4)When checking the game balls, the refs check the psi indoors. This is frustrating bc the ball loses some pressure in cold weather...— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) January 21, 2015
(2/4)... During our home playoff game this year I asked the official if he could check the psi outside again bc the ball felt flat and he...— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) January 21, 2015
(3/4)...said he could not. I guess you can't blame the official for that. Rules are rules. Maybe the league will make some changes this...— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) January 21, 2015
Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant:
Former NFL QB Tim Hasselbeck:
QB's are picky about fb's and could tell you everything about their game balls. broken in to their liking. how it works. period.— tim hasselbeck (@tthasselbeck) January 21, 2015
coaches, refs, average fan wouldn't be able to tell the difference by holding them.— tim hasselbeck (@tthasselbeck) January 21, 2015
So looks like deflating footballs is the equivalent of a pitcher doctoring a baseball. Only gets called out when ppl get pissed— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 21, 2015