The New York Jets fans group, NYJetsFans.com, flew a "CHEATERS" banner over New England Patriots practice on July 30.
A group of New York Jets fans flew a "cheaters" banner over New England Patriots practice on July 30.
The banner pertains to the Patriots' involvement in the infamous "DeflateGate" scandal. It also contains the group's Twitter handle, per Metro.US.
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Jason Koeppel was one of the masterminds behind the banner idea. He spoke with Metro.US on Thursday and explained why his group flew that banner:
"The time has come for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft to start dealing with reality. Sports fans are not stupid. We have seen this act before from disgraced former superstar athletes.
"People like Lance Armstrong and Ryan Braun who challenged the system after they got caught red-handed. Ben Johnson, Marion Jones, A-Rod, Roger Clemens -- the list of people who lied after they got caught cheating is sadly endless.
"Why not learn from their mistakes? Take a lesson from Pete Rose who is still banned from baseball because of the way he acted after he got caught. Give up your ridiculous campaign of lies and accept your punishment. Stop this 'Tom Foolery' today."
Nonetheless, Patriots fans supported the team and its beleaguered quarterback, Tom Brady.
The Boston Herald's Tom Layman says Patriots fans "were overwhelmingly supportive of Brady." They also gave Patriots owner Robert Kraft a loud ovation when they saw him at practice.
One such fan who supports Brady is 30-year-old Adam Shewcov. He told Layman the NFL is putting Brady in a bad spot when it upheld his four-game suspension on Wednesday:
"I definitely support him," Schewcov said. "How can you not support the guy? I feel like the NFL is kind of jabbing him with the whole cell phone thing. It's kind of BS if you ask me."
The NFL cited Brady's destruction of his cellphone as vital evidence in upholding his four-game ban. He allegedly exchanged 10,000 text messages during a four-month span before destroying it, per NFL.com.
For his part, Brady issued a statement on his official Facebook page on Wednesday:
"Most importantly, I have never written, texted emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship Game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong."
NYJetsFans.com is the same group which wanted to oust former general manager John Idzik. It also instigated the "Bring Back Ed" movement, per Metro.US.
The movement wanted famous Jets fan "Fireman Ed" to return to the team's home games, per Metro.US. Ashley Chalmers of Jersey Shore Aerial owns and operates the plane which flew the banner.
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