Two Key Colts Involved in ‘Deflategate’ Controversy Have Now Been Let Go
Call it karma, fate, destiny, or just plain bad luck, but just as the New England Patriots have hoisted their latest Lombardi Trophy, two key Indianapolis Colts involved in the initial reporting of the ‘Deflate-Gate’ controversy have now been let go.
After the two teams squared off in their controversial 2014 AFC Championship Game matchup, both franchises have gone in completely opposite directions.
The Patriots have won two of the league’s last three Super Bowls, while the Colts just finished at 8-8 again–failing to make the playoffs for a consecutive season.
First, it was the firing of former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson just a few weeks ago–who initially tipped the league off to the Patriots potentially under-inflating footballs.
Now, it was the release of veteran inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who actually intercepted the deflated football that sparked the national controversy now known simply as ‘Deflate-Gate’–which appeared to be a never-ending debacle at one point in time.
Certainly, the Patriots organization hasn’t forgotten, as their team president Jonathan Kraft recently took a parting shot upon news of Grigson’s firing:
"“That game might have been Ryan’s pinnacle, I don’t know,” said Kraft on Grigson. “Jimmy (Irsay) can talk about what is going on with the Colts. We’re fortunately playing football today.”"
What went around and cost Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the first four games of the regular season due to a suspension, eventually came around as now the clear favorite for all-time ‘GOAT’ status was named Super Bowl LI MVP–en route to winning his 5th Super Bowl ring.
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Before I have to stop to find the nearest trash can, perhaps karma has finally evened itself out, and the Colts can now return to the franchise’s winning football again.
However, for some recently departed Colts, it clearly hasn’t come without a cost–at least if you believe in such things.