At least one member of the Patriots’ family isn’t holding his tongue when it comes to Deflategate.
Former left tackle Matt Light, who was one of several players at Rob Ninkovich’s Ping-Pong charity event on Monday night, called the saga “a ridiculous circus” and asked local media outlets to let him share his thoughts.
Ever the jokester, Light at first quipped “you can tell just by looking at a Ping-Pong ball how much pressure is in one, and that number has never been let out.”
But Light was just getting started, and named a few names.
“When it comes to the pressurization of a pigskin, I have a lot of deep thoughts, like the kind with Jack Handy. Remember those, ‘Deep Thoughts’ [from ‘Saturday Night Live’]? Epic, right?” Light said. “I’ve got a lot of thoughts about that and I think that what we really need is to have an open forum, on every talk show in Boston we should talk about it, but with me.
“So I’m going to put a target on my chest, I’m going to go after everyone that wants to have a conversation about Deflategate. So find me; I’m going to be available for the next two weeks and we’re going to get it on. Would that be entertaining? Can we bring some common sense to it?”
While every current Patriots player who has met with reporters in recent weeks has defended quarterback Tom Brady, Light defended every player on the roster.
“I think the overall New England nation needs to heal. We’ve had crazy things happen — aside from the fact that we won another championship, like world championship,” he said. “We’ve won a world championship and we’ve had every single guy on that team called into question when it comes to his character, his integrity.
“And here’s the one thing I would leave you with before we get into a really serious debate the next few weeks — and [98.5 The Sports Hub hosts] Felger and Mazz, they should be the first ones I call because I would love to just combat the idiocy of those two — but if you’re a cheater, have you ever seen cheaters put in as much time as Bill and his staff have put in every single day, day in and day out?
“And here’s a great message we can send to every kid across the country, because unlike Juan Williams on Fox News going all the way back to right before this game was played, right before the Super Bowl, who made the statement, ‘What message does this send to our kids?’ when there were zero facts, the National Football League hadn’t made a statement, and that guy makes a statement like that, well here’s a question: What message does it send when you can convict people that work their tails off and are awesome people and give back and lead by example and do things the right way, what message does that send when you can convict them without anything?”
Asked what he would say to those who believe Brady is a cheater, Light, who played with Brady for 11 years, replied, “Well, you can say whatever you want in this world until you get punched in the mouth. Things change at that point, right?”
But Light believes he’s found a way to turn the situation into a positive: during his rant, he announced a new website: inflationnationraffle.org. Light is raffling off the chance to see the Patriots play the Colts in Indianapolis in Week 6 (the game Brady is scheduled to return from suspension) that includes travel to Indy via private jet, hotel, meal and a football autographed by Brady “inflated to your PSI standards.”
Money raised will go to Light’s eponymous foundation, which supports a leadership camp for youth that he runs in his home state of Ohio.
“If you feel the same way I do about this ridiculous circus that Roger Goodell and all the rest of his little buddies in the NFL office have put together,” Light said, “if you think it’s absolutely insane, then side with me, get a chance to go to Indianapolis, private jet, see the game and enjoy the weekend. And we’re going to turn the circus into something positive — we’ll send a lot of kids to camp.