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Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen: DeflateGate much ado about nothing

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, center, said Thursday in Spartanburg that he thinks the fuss surrounding Tom Brady and deflated footballs is overblown.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, center, said Thursday in Spartanburg that he thinks the fuss surrounding Tom Brady and deflated footballs is overblown. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The NFL world continued the orbit around its sun known as DeflateGate on Thursday as news continued to come out of controversy surrounding the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and deflated AFC Championship Game footballs.

But in Spartanburg at Wofford College, the controversy was met with a sigh from Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who, like many, believes it’s dragged on longer than it needs to.

“I think my initial reaction to the whole thing is it just seems like it’s been a huge mess over something relatively minor,” Olsen said. “We’re not privy to all the details. I didn’t read the Wells Report. I didn’t read yesterday’s ruling. I don’t really care all that much. I read bits and pieces from what people post on social media and Twitter and whatnot. It seems like no one really knows which direction we’re heading. And unfortunately now the whole thing apparently has to go to court, which is probably the last thing anybody wanted when this thing started in January.”

Olsen said cheating isn’t insignificant, but whether or not Brady and the Patriots cheated is still cloudy in his mind after the back-and-forths from the NFL and Patriots.

“Whether he did or not, I still think there’s a little gray area,” Olsen said. “I don’t think it was inconclusive or conclusive. I think it’s hard to say it definitely happened. They seem to think it did and they seem to think they have enough evidence to tip the decision that direction.”

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, a Boston native who’s been in the league since 1986, had no comment on the matter.

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