It appears the Boston Police Department still has a Deflategate ax to grind.
In the aftermath of the Patriots’ historic Super Bowl comeback, police suggested the NFL insulted the entire region when the league suspended quarterback Tom Brady four games at the start of the season for Deflategate.
A curious tweet from the department’s official account at 10:50 p.m. read: “#BostonStrong: When they suspended TB12 for 4 games, they didn’t just disrespect the greatest QB of all time, they insulted a region.”
Deflategate had its genesis in the 2014 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. It started with a question of air pressure in footballs and eventually grew into a much larger controversy, and stoked an “us-vs.-everyone” siege mentality amongst Patriots fans.
The local fan base loathes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in large part because of the Deflategate controversy. After the commissioner declined to come to Foxborough for the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the crowd mocked him with chants of “Where’s Roger?”
Goodell was present on Sunday night; he shook Brady’s hand on the field of NRG Stadium after the Patriots won in historic fashion.