INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The ripple effect of DeflateGate continues and it’s all over the spectrum, from ‘Tom Brady is a Cheater’ Facebook pages to an increase in sales of Tom Brady jerseys.
Fans set up a GoFundMe page for the New England Patriots. The page is set up to raise $1 million to pay the $1 million fine handed down to the team from the NFL.
There’s also a website that claims all NFL teams cheat, including the Colts. But, of course, some locals are not having it.
“Everyone don’t win, so everybody can’t be cheating,” said Colts fan Eric Stinson.
But according to Your Team Cheats, every NFL team is guilty of being a cheat.
“That’s ridiculous because that has not been proven,” said Colts fan Paul Bowman.
“I’m not surprised that there is a website. But I’d be surprised if they had anything to back it up,” said Colts fan Steve Schwegman.
Most of the website’s claims, however, are just allegations, like losing games intentionally to get a better draft pick.
“The ‘Suck for Luck.’ Absolutely. I don’t think any team would intentionally lose. There’s a lot more on the line than just a draft pick,” said Schwegman.
Your Team Cheats claims the Colts cheated 37 times, which is 12 more allegations than the Patriots. Many locals felt those numbers were going in the wrong direction.
“There’s sore losers on teams, sore fans. Every time the Colts come home with a win, I see a lot of sore faces,” said Schwegman.
“Tom Brady and the Patriots are the biggest cheaters in sports history,” said Bowman.
“I think Peyton Manning is the biggest cheat in the NFL. Somehow, someway because he’s not that good of a quarterback and to win that many games?” said Patriots fan Brian Hacker.
But regardless of which side you are on, fans say, perhaps there may be a little truth behind the website.
“I think everybody is a cheater on some level. Everybody cheats,” said Hacker.
It’s not cheating until you get caught,” said Stinson.
According to Your Team Cheats, the New York Jets have the most allegations with 40 claims. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the least with 12 claims.