"... What I'm going to say about the deflating of the balls, to me there is no difference than performance-enhancing drugs. You are cheating at that point. You are getting a competitive advantage outside of the rulebook and there has to be some sort of consequences for that."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick read a prepared statement to a huge gathering of reporters Thursday, claiming that he was "shocked" to learn of the NFL's investigation of overly deflated footballs allegedly used by the Patriots during their win over the Colts on Sunday. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady denied having anything to do with changes in the game footballs, which were reportedly far below league inflation standards.
"To me, the integrity of the game is the most important thing," Canty said. "You want to be successful as a player, but you want to think that you are doing things that are within the rules and that you are out there competing, and it's not, whether it is performance-enhancing drugs or deflated footballs that is out there aiding in your performance."