ESPN’s Chris Mortensen Says After Deflategate, Patriots Fans Wished Death on Him

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may be the face of the deflategate scandal, besides Tom Brady of course.  Goodell gets most of the hate from New England Patriots fans, but Brady’s punishment is also widely credited to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who may have set this entire thing in motion.

Back in January of 2015, Mortensen stated that 11 of 12 footballs used by the Patriots were under-inflated by two pounds. It was later proven to be untrue, but it was enough to set the wheels in motions, which ultimately cost the Patriots a fine, draft picks, and Tom Brady for the first four games of the season.


Mortensen, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in January of 2016, discussed his eventual return to ESPN and how Patriots fans still wished death on him after he announced he had cancer.

“What bothered me is we’re in an era where if your wife goes onto social media, she basically reads that they want you to die,” Mortensen told Ringer writer Bryan Curtis. “Even after I got cancer, I got some death wishes.”


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