Mike Greenberg Discusses Deflategate, Bill Belichick and Marshawn Lynch
Mike Greenberg, of ESPN's Mike and Mike, joined Wednesday's edition of Overtime Live from Radio Row at the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
Hear his conversation with Greenberg below:
Greenberg weighs in on Deflategate, Bill Belichick's legacy:
"Having nothing to do with it with if was team or not, I think if it were a different team, it would not have drawn necessary reaction it has. I think it is the perfect storm of circumstances with New England. The combination the fact they have a been a dominant franchise, for as long as they have been, their coach is viewed as way Belichick is, from standpoint, he doesn't go out of his way to be well liked. Thus largely is not. Thirdly, of course, the history of Spy gate. So you have a pattern of behavior. I think those things make it come together more people are interested in. I think that the investigation, this will be very significant for the legacy of Belichick. I believe Belichick. I believed him Thursday and I believed him Saturday. :Largely because I think by coming out as forcefully as he did, particularly Saturday. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose if he's lying. I think his legacy is destroyed. Forget about getting fired, I think if it is proven, that he was lying up there and he willfully and knowingly, oversaw violation of these rules, the breaking of these rules, I think his reputation is forever destroyed. I don't think he gets in Hall of Fame and this is a guy who is a son of a coach and I think this stuff matters to him. For all those reason, I believe Belichick, but to go back to your original question, I do think the circumstances of it being the Patriots and there history, I think are the reason it got the attention it got."
Greenberg on Marshawn Lynch and his involvement with media:
"I am so sick to death of Marshawn Lynch...I don't care what he does. You know what he needs to stop doing? He needs to stop grabbing himself when scores touchdowns. I have a 12-year old son, my son plays basketball. My son watches everything NBA stars do and emulates it. You know for a little while, NBA stars looked like what it almost looked to be a gun, actually three fingers and tapping themselves on forehead when they make a three-pointer. My son did that in a game once and is a two-guard and shoots a lot. He did that in a game once and after a game, I very commonly told him if you do that again, I'm telling your coach you are not allowed to play anymore because that's not what you do. If NBA players do that, that's fine. You don't that. So I'm now envisioning Pop Warner football games, in which guys are grabbing themselves as scoring touchdowns. It's disgraceful behavior. That's what he needs to stop doing. I really don't care if he talks to the media. I don't know anyone in the world if their live is made better by hearing what he has to say. I think he is a magnificent player. I think he is the most valuable football player in this game. I think he may be the important player in this game on Sunday. I really don't care what he says or what he what he wears. If he is going to violate NFL rules and they want to fine him, that's fine. But as I'm concerned, I don't think anyone really desperately need to hear from him and if they got rid of that rule tomorrow, it would be just fine by me."
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