McNair On Deflate-Gate: “I Think If It Was J.J. Watt, I Think He Would Have Been Cooperative”

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans owner, Bob McNair, joined Mike Meltser and Seth Payne on Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 on Tuesday following the team’s yearly luncheon. McNair spoke to the hosts of Mad Radio about the New England Patriots and NFL ongoing battle ‘Deflate-Gate’ and how it has looked for the league and why it has got so out of hand.

McNair said he spoke to the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, on Tuesday. Though he didn’t say if the two spoke about Deflate-Gate, McNair thinks the whole situation is not good for the business of the NFL.

“I think [The NFL] could have handled it better, the Patriots could have handled it better, Brady could have handled it better,” McNair said.

The owner said if Brady would have just said he liked the balls softer he wouldn’t have been in trouble, but the equipment managers would have. But when the investigation got going the Patriots and Brady didn’t do what they told the league they would.

“What escalated the whole thing is, Brady and the Patriots were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn’t,” McNair told Meltser and Payne. “That’s what really upset the commissioner.”

McNair, however, hasn’t had to deal with many scandals in his time in the NFL. Since McNair brought the Texans to the league as the 32nd team in 2002 the Texans have had the fewest arrests of any team in the League. Meltser asked McNair if this had happened to the star of the Texans franchise if the owner would be happy with the due process, given it was the same as Tom Brady has received.

“I think if it was J.J. Watt, I think he would have been cooperative and it wouldn’t be a question,” McNair said. “I don’t think J.J. would destroy his cell phone.

“The whole idea is that we want to make sure we have a competitive playing field that’s level for everybody. We don’t want people breaking the rules.

“In the minds of somebody in that organization they thought (deflating footballs) was important. They thought it would give them a competitive advantage and that’s why they did it. You just want to eliminate that kind of situation if you can.”

The NFL and Tom Brady are waiting on a ruling on a 4-game suspension handed down to Brady by Commisioner Goodell from a federal judge to see if Brady will have to serve that suspension of some sort of reduction will be forced down. That ruling is supposed to be handed down before Friday.

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