New England Patriots fans aren’t too high on Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.
Just when you thought you’ve heard the last about the Deflategate. In a conference call with New England media, Carson Palmer was asked about his thoughts on Tom Brady and his subsequent legal battle with the NFL front office.
Palmer, to his credit, tried to stay impartial. Tom Curran of CSN New England reported:
"“I tried not to follow it just because it was everywhere for so long but I go back and … you follow what the rule book says and go about your business and your work and if they tell you not to do it and you get busted and what happens happens then you suffer the consequences.”"
Realizing that his comment may have come off as controversial, Palmer quickly tried to put it in perspective:
"“I’m sure you guys look at it a lot differently, but I know a lot of players around the league just looking at it… I don’t know if you can feel too strongly about it one way or the other,”"
Furthermore, Palmer was asked whether or no he thought Brady was proven to be in the wrong by the NFL.
"“To be honest … there was … supposedly the balls went somewhere and they weren’t supposed to go there. There was humidity and not enough humidity and whatever it was and altitude. I don’t really know. I didn’t follow the story. As soon as it came on I just turned it off because I was so sick of hearing about it.”"
Patriots fans did not take to Palmer’s comments lightly and took to Twitter to voice their grievances. A majority of the barbs were in reference to Palmer’s poor playoff record.
It seems that many misunderstood Palmer’s comments as him saying he is a better player than Brady. Palmer simply stated that if you get caught doing something wrong, you have to face your punishment.
While he came off as wishy washy regarding his comments about whether Brady was guilty, I’m sure Palmer didn’t mean to create an unnecessary story line.
Ultimately, Palmer’s comments will have no impact on Sunday’s game. Tom Brady will not be lining up under center as Patriots fans will have to watch Jimmy Garoppolo make his first career start against a hungry Arizona Cardinals team.