Foxborough, MA — After recent news that Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season, one of the ball boys for the New England Patriots has come forward to accept responsibility for his role in deflategate.
36-year-old Paul Horner, who has been a ball boy with the Patriots for the last 6 years, spoke to CNN about his actions.
“I was the one deflating the footballs, not Tom Brady,” Horner said. “I just wanted the team I love to win. Suspend me, not Brady.”
It is not yet clear what actions the NFL will take against Horner, if any.
The announcement made by the ball boy comes shortly after the NFL issued a four game suspension of Brady without pay. The NFL also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game, the league said in a statement Monday.
Erick Biez, who is in Boston on business, told reporters what he thinks of the decision made by the NFL.
“Of course, the response to this has been divided. Some people believe that Tom Brady is a cheater who should be fined and penalized – and possibly even made to forfeit the games—and other people are from Boston,” Biez said. “The president of Tom Brady’s California high school says the whole community is praying for Tom and his family, the whole community; Wow, that’s a lot of pressure. If only there was a way to get rid of some of that pressure. Not all of it. Just to let a little of the pressure out. Not enough so it’s obvious though.”
Deflategate is a controversy stemming from an allegation that the Patriots used suspiciously underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18, 2015.