Inflategate: The creation, though leaks by anonymous sources, of something sinister where little or nothing previously existed, in order to obliterate a perceived opponent.
The NFL should be investigated and so should should Roger (“Kenneth Starr”) Goodell for their attempted takedown of what may be the best team, coach, and quarterback of all time on the eve of the biggest game in their history.
Roger Goodell seems to be trying to ruin the game of football — he has certainly almost completed the job of ruining what may have been the last great season of the Belichick-Brady era. And for what? To save his own tattered reputation for his missteps in the Ray Rice video scandal?
Robert Kraft may have thought Goodell was a friend. But how many friends conduct sting operations on you? Kraft is right that the NFL owes the Patriots an apology.
The key question here is why is this all happening now, on the eve of this potentially historic game?
Why is “information” about the NFL “investigation” being continually leaked, and why now, given that this investigation is supposedly going to continue for several more weeks?
First, anonymous sources tell ESPN that 11 of 12 game balls were under-inflated. Yesterday, anonymous sources tell Fox News that the NFL is looking at a “person of interest” who took the balls into a separate room before bringing them out on the field. Today we learn from anonymous sources that the room was a bathroom.
I would hope the media, at least, would ask some of these questions of Goodell, but I’m not optimistic. The media have shown they just want to be Goodell’s abettors.