It took a kid to pry the most honest reaction, yet, to #Deflategate. Denver Broncos' receiver Emmanuel Sanders told a group of young football campers Thursday that he doesn't think the New England Patriots should be Super Bowl champions because they cheated. Sanders was the featured speaker at the Ed McCaffrey 14th Annual Football Camp for kids aged 8 to 15 at Valor Christian High School. Following his talk, Sanders opened it up to questions. One of the young campers asked Sanders if he was mad about #Deflategate – an NFL scandal in which two Patriots employees were accused of intentionally underinflating footballs for the team's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18. An NFL-ordered investigation also determined Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "more probable than not" was aware of the illicit deflating practices. "Am I mad about #Deflategate?'' Sanders said, repeating the youngster's question. "I feel like I'm on ESPN with that question. … Yeah, yeah, I'm kind of mad. I don't think that they should be the Super Bowl champion this year. "You aren't supposed to cheat. Cheating is not good, especially when you've got guys who are working they're butts off for 365 days out of the year and one person cheats – whether it helps them win the Super Bowl or not, they still cheated and shouldn't be a champion."
Emmanuel Sanders: Pats shouldn't be Super Bowl champs
NBC News 9 Colorado | Jun 26