photo courtesy of Noah M. Vereb
by Nancy Shack, WBZ NewsRadio1030
PITTSBURGH, PA (WBZ NewsRadio ) — A television station in Pittsburgh has fired an employee who created and aired a graphic calling New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady a "known cheater." CBS affiliate KDKA says the graphic aired during a newscast on Monday.
In a statement the station said “While fans are entitled to have personal opinions, we have a journalistic responsibility to provide unbiased reporting and the graphic that appeared Monday violated our news standards. The individual who created the graphic no longer works for KDKA-TV.”
“Known cheater” is thought to be a reference to "deflategate" in which Brady was accused of under inflating game balls used in Patriots versus the Indianapolis Colts AFC Championship game in 2015. Brady was given a four-game suspension by the NFL at the start of the next season. The team was fined $1 million and lost two draft picks.
Brady is currently with the team in Atlanta getting ready to face off against the Los Angeles Rams in his 9th career Super Bowl this Sunday.