As a longtime NFL fan and 20-year season ticket holder of the New England Patriots, I believe I owe all Saints fans an apology.
These past six-plus months have opened my eyes as to how the NFL front office operates. When the Bountygate ruling and suspensions were announced a few years back, I was initially shocked at the extent of the punishments, but I put my faith in the NFL and assumed it must have determined the truth after a thorough and fair investigation. After all, they wouldn’t be so harsh on one of their own teams unless they really had the facts.
With Deflategate, I now have a much different perspective and see how underhanded the NFL can be. I have taken the time to read all the reports and assess the facts on my own. I can clearly see through the numerous leaks, lies and inferences that tried very hard to smear my team and my quarterback.
However, I did not make the same effort during Bountygate and instead just blindly believed in the NFL. I now realize that I was wrong, and, for this, I apologize to the city of New Orleans.
Our teams now have something in common, as both have been spurned by the NFL. I wish you the best for the 2015 season. I sincerely hope our teams next meet in San Francisco, as having the commissioner hand the Lombardi trophy to either winner would truly be poetic justice.
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