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June 22, 2015

Cam Newton cracks Tom Brady Deflategate joke

Always one to try to draw a smile out of someone, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton cracked a topical Deflategate joke at the expense of Tom Brady during the weekend.

In a Vine shot this weekend at Newton’s QB Skills Challenge in Florida’s IMG Academy, Newton asked, “What is that? Tom Brady?” when he gripped a presumably underinflated football.

 

Newton appears to be readying to throw to a receiver as he takes a shot drop. He grips the football and prepares to throw when stops, looks down at the ball and asks the question before flicking it back to one of the camp’s participants.

Brady, of course, is the Patriots quarterback who has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of this season for his role in Deflategate—a controversy from the AFC Championship Game where several New England footballs did not meet inflation requirements. Brady's appeal of the suspension will be heard Tuesday.

Newton had a chance to make a similar joke less than two weeks ago at his inaugural charity kickball tournament. As the “pitcher” in the championship game, Newton rolled one of the kickballs off the side for an unknown reason.

One person from the dugout shouted out “Tom Brady,” but Newton offered no reaction and rolled the new kickball.

While I can’t say with confidence Newton meant nothing by the joke, he regularly speaks glowingly of Brady and places him among the elite quarterbacks in the NFL when speaking to the media.

(ht @TomahawkNation)

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on June 22, 2015 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

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