Quoted from Frax:
Not that I'm going to be arsed to respond fully to this, because I have a hard time believing that you're serious, but even if I had absolutely no way to back up my claim, and you're admitting that they cheated once... how many free passes do you feel any given team or player deserves? We all know that the correct answer in the NFL is "as many as it takes to get them to the end of their career."
Well, you're right on at least one count. Everyone should cheat in the NFL, because there's little to no penalty (I'm really sure that the Pats organization is just shitting their pants trying to make ends meet after that hefty 1 million fine for Deflategate, right?) and it's not like the vast majority of fans seem to care for more than about 15 seconds after it happens, as seen above. Can't blame them? Er..okay...it's not like it's something that happened to them, like a rape victim. Just because the structure of the league and the fanbase makes it trivial to get caught doesn't mean that they still didn't make the choice to do it in the first place.
Trivial? It was 1 million, a first round draft pick and losing their HOF quarterback for 1/4th of the season. The largest such penalty in NFL history. "Little to no penalty"? For letting a few pounds of air out of a football with no evidence except for the fact that footballs, like tires, lose air pressure in cold weather.