President Obama on Sunday would not say whether the New England Patriots cheated by playing with under-inflated footballs during their Jan. 18 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
“Well, I think that if you break the rules then you break the rules,” Obama said when asked about the controversy by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie during an interview ahead of the Super Bowl.
The president did have a suggestion for the National Football League going forward, however.
“The one thing I did not realize — and I’ll bet most fans didn’t — is that each team prepares its own footballs and brings them to the game. I don’t think there’s any other sport like that, so I’m assuming one of the things the NFL is going to be doing, just to avoid any of these controversies, is figuring out how the officials are in charge of the footballs from start to finish,” he said.