BOSTON (CBS) – Bob Kravitz of WTHR in Indianapolis, the man who broke the DeflateGate story following the AFC Championship game, joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Wednesday morning.
And with the report that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the Patriots Sunday night were under-inflated, Kravitz believes New England should come down hard on the head coach.READ MORE: 'He Embraced This City': Fans Celebrate David Ortiz's Election To Hall Of Fame
Below is a series of tweets Kravitz fired off last night:
If morts report is on target, and I'm sure it is, belichick should be suspended from the Super Bowl. My opinion.— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 21, 2015
This is an integrity of the game issue and it's belichick's second offense.— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 21, 2015
If bob kraft is a true man of integrity he will take it out of the leagues hands and fire belichick. Not holding my breath— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 21, 2015
A fine and picks aren't enough for a repeat offender.— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 21, 2015
Kravitz didn’t back down Wednesday morning on T&R.
“We’re talking about integrity of the game issues, we’re talking about a level playing field and we’re talking about a recidivist here. We’re talking about somebody who’s done this twice,” Kravitz said about Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.READ MORE: Tatum, Brown Lead Celtics In 128-75 Rout Over Kings
“Whatever you think about Spygate, the NFL thought it was serious enough to take away a draft choice and fine Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000. If I was an owner that’s not the way I would want to be represented, unless of course winning means everything at all costs and you’re a Machiavellian.”
Kravitz adds that he’d feel the same way if the script was flipped and Chuck Pagano was accused of wrongdoing, and while he’s not holding his breath for a Belichick firing, he believes a Super Bowl suspension is just.
“At the very least I believe [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell should suspend [Belichick] for the Super Bowl game. I think this is a very serious accusation, if in fact Bill called the code red. I have a very hard time believing that a ball boy or ball girl would unilaterally deflate footballs before the biggest game of the season. It seems to me it came from the top of the food chain. I think they need to take serious action, whether it be [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft or Roger Goodell.”
Listen below for the full interview, where Kravitz contradicts himself more than once in other disciplinary matters: