Stevan Ridley comments on Patriots' handling of Deflategate
Deflategate has been the hottest topic of the offseason as the New England Patriots were fined $1 million, docked several draft picks and quarterback Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season.
"That has led to many current and former players to giving their two cents on the subject. That includes former Patriot players who find themselves on new teams. New York Jets running back Stevan Ridley became the latest ex-Patriot to be asked about Deflategate and he had some interesting comments about how his former club handled the Deflategate.
Via NJ.com, "They made a mistake. The best thing that can happen is that they deal with that on their own. That has nothing to do with the New York Jets, and this is where I am now," Ridley said.
Ridley continued to talk and elaborated on how Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would get the Patriots to deal with the distraction of the scandal.
"With that whole Deflategate deal, I put that on the Patriots, and I'm going to let them deal with that," he said. "[Coach] Bill [Belichick] does a good job of making all that go away. So what they've got to do is just focus and play ball. ... That whole deal is behind me, behind them, and I don't really want to comment too much on that because that's not something that I personally had to deal with. I'm out of that."
It remains to be seen what the final penalty will be for Tom Brady as he has his appeal heard by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Once the penalty is known, Jets fans will see how their season is affected.
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