It appears the New England Patriots have been in the negative spotlight for the past thirteen seasons. None of those seem more monumental than Deflategate currently.
It seems everyday since the AFC championship, new evidence and information has surfaced resolving this entire scandal. There are so many that want to see the Patriots buried. They have become the villain overtime.
This NFL team out of Foxborough, MA has at least six such incidents to their credit since 2002, most notably Spygate and the changing of the Tuck Rule. It's either the Patriots aren't learning or someone is out to get them, and their quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Bellichick.
Also, the NFL doesn't plan on any punishment until after the Super Bowl. Right now all that will appear to happen are fines and loss of draft picks. It doesn't seem long ago where the New Orleans Saints were torn apart in Bountygate and head coach Sean Payton was gone for a year. However the evidence was clearer.
The questions still remain: why does this keep happening to the Patriots? Also, will it end? Either the Pats have to clear their name forever, or face the consequences.
I am not taking a side as the evidence, while strong, isn't strong enough to doom them yet. I do know it has taken away from their ability to focus on their Super Bowl opponent: the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. Also, the public and the NFL fans need to know if this simply a constant stunt by the media to keep the Patriots relevant, to say that they can't win legitimately. Time will tell.
Do you think the Patriots were knowingly involved in Deflategate? How does New England keep their image clean moving forward?