Atlanta Falcons Blog

Atlanta Falcons blog by D. Orlando Ledbetter, the pro football and Atlanta Falcons reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Blank noted in ESPN’s scathing ‘Spygate to Deflategate’ article on Patriots alleged culture of cheating

FLOWERY BRANCH -- With the playoffs in fullswing, the re-published ESPN Magazine story, “Spygate to Deflategate: Inside what split the NFL and Patriots apart” is growing new legs.

The story originally appeared in ESPN The Magazine’s Sept. 28 Transactions Issues, but back then everyone was apparently distracted by the start of the season.

With the Super Bowl around the corner, folks have started to circulate the republished version around the internet. It’s the most in-depth look at what the league knew about the Patriots two significant scandals.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the commissioner’s powers was cited in the article. (Blank says Brady ruling is 'unhealthy' for NFL.)

The article states:

Even an influential team owner, Arthur Blank of the Falcons, publicly said (Roger) Goodell's absolute disciplinary power should be reconsidered, an extraordinary proposal that quickly gained momentum.

The article doesn’t paint the league, Goodell or the Patriots in a good light.

It contends the Spygate scandal was much broader than originally believed and that the league attempted to cover it up. The article also contends that the Deflatgate was a “make up” call by the league office to nail the Patriots for their alleged continued culture of cheating. Here's a link to the article.


Falcons headed for offseason of uncertainty

REPORT CARD: Final grades for 8-8 campaign

Quinn's message to parting Falcons: 'Be relentless'

Julio Jones believes offense will improve dramatically

5 things the Falcons must fix this offseason

COVER 9@9: How much will Falcons save if they cut Roddy White?

Falcons' Beasley considering shoulder surgery

AJC Mike Check: Big improvement on D for Quinn's Falcons

5 things we learned from Matt Ryan today

Schofield says Falcons can create better chemistry

Cornerback Alford says he's a good fit for Quinn's defense

Philip Wheeler would like to return to Falcons


Reader Comments ...

About the Author

D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.