NFL player survey: Patriots deflated footballs but are not cheaters

Wednesday August 12th, 2015

Of more than 100 athletes polled by ESPN, 72% said they believe the New England Patriots were responsible for the deflating of the footballs ahead of the 2015 AFC Championship game, but 58% said they believe that the Patriots would not be considered cheaters.

Quarterback Tom Brady was handed down a four game suspension by commissioner Roger Goodell as an NFL-commissioned investigation by Ted Wells found that the four-time Super bowl champion was “at least generally aware” of the ball manipulation. According to the poll, 78% of players believe that Brady's suspension should be fewer than four games. 

The Patriots may not be the only guilty party in the NFL as 68% of players said they believe other teams in the league tamper with footballs. More than 50% of players say they believe holding is the most common form of on-field cheating and that 30% of athletes cheat on the field in some way. 

No settlement was reached between Brady and Goodell during the Deflategate hearing before Manhattan Federal Court Judge Richard Berman on Wednesday.

No settlement reached between Brady, Goodell in Deflategate hearing

- Christopher Chavez

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