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Richard Sherman, of all people, is defending Tom Brady and the New England Patriots…again.
The Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback hasn’t always been so friendly with the Pats and their star quarterback, but back in August it was Sherman who was sticking up for Brady while the latter was engaged in a legal battle with the NFL over DeflateGate.
And now, he’s defending the entire New England Patriots organization following the reemergence of SpyGate accusations which seem to suggest that the Pats had stolen playbooks from the opposing teams’ locker rooms and video taped signals from at least 40 games over an 8-year span.
What did Sherman have to say about all of this?
“Everybody does their things a little differently, but at the end of the day, it’s handled between the lines. And if they man up and they beat you straight up, they beat you straight up. You can say they knew your plays or they watched this or they watched that, but a lot of times if you watch film good enough, you find good indicators. You find things. So if you’re studying the game the right way, you go out there understanding what plays are coming, and you know when the plays are coming. But can you execute? Can 11 guys stop the other 11 from executing their play?
“And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s about. You can say you stole scripts or whatever it is, but they still have to win the game. They still have to intercept the ball. They still have to execute. Eleven guys have to execute at the same time. And that’s what they did, so give them credit. If there’s hanky-panky going on, they’ve gotten away with it.
“Like they say, if you didn’t get caught, then it wasn’t cheating.”
If Richard Sherman can look past Brady and the Pats’ involvement in SpyGate and DeflateGate, why can’t the rest of us?
Hat Tip – [ESPN]