Larry Bird takes Pats’ side in Deflategate saga


Former Boston Celtics great and Indiana native Larry Bird didn’t really like what was going on the night of last year’s AFC Championship game when Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz quickly jumped on false reports after the New England Patriots utterly destroyed his beloved Colts.

“I thought it was a bunch of lying, if you want to know the truth,” Bird said in an interview with Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe. “That’s something Kravitz came up with, and I never believed any of it.

“It doesn’t really matter. It was written about a lot around the country, but here in Indianapolis, most people knew. We knew the Patriots was going to beat them anyway. I thought it was pretty chintzy. People finally realized they would have beat us anyway. I just laughed about it.

“They got the footballs they played with and we got our footballs. And their footballs beat our footballs.”

Kravitz issued a reponse soon after:

“As for Bird, first, he’s pandering. He made his bones, first in Terre Haute and then in Boston, so of course he’s going to tell New Englanders what they want to hear…” Read the rest >

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