But long before "Deflategate," the practice of putting extra air in or letting it out of a game ball -- beyond the regulated amount -- was used by some of the NBA's biggest teams and stars.
Take Shaquille O'Neal, for instance. "Sometimes, in the games during all my championship runs, if a ball was too hard, I let air out," the former All-Star center said in a recent episode of "The Big Podcast With Shaq." O'Neal said he'd walk up to the ball rack before a game, "Get the ball, 'Tsssss' let a little bit of air out, squeeze it -- OK, good.""
"A friend of mine would have a needle and I would get the game ball. It's all about my [comfort level]. A lot of times, if the balls have too much air in them, they're too bouncy. I didn't want them to be bouncy. I needed that grip."... I needed that extra grip."
How is this not a big story?
Seriously, the lack of outrage over this is just further proof that DeflateGate isn't about deflated footballs. It's about 99% of the football world hating Tom Brady because he is so fucking good. Fans of other teams are jealously and former (and current) players are bitter because Tom Brady has kicked their ass at some point. That is it.
It's the same thing with Jerry Rice. The dude admits he used Stickum and the blowhards in the media aren't calling for his Super Bowls to be retracted or for asterisks next to his records.
The more I hear stories about former athletes bending the rules, the more I realize DeflateGate is a Tom Brady thing. People finally found a reason to pounce on him after that bullshit Wells Report came out and they did...and it is friggin embarrassing.
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