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Obama Cracks Joke About 'Deflategate' During Patriots' White House Visit

The president welcomed the Super Bowl champs to the White House on Thursday, and couldn't help but make a wisecrack about the controversy this season.
/ Source: NBC News

Bad call, Obama.

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick gave a thumbs down Thursday to the president after he cracked a couple of jokes at the Super Bowl champs' expense during their White House visit.

The Patriots had been embroiled in controversy last season after they were accused of under-inflating 11 footballs used in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The scandal became known as "Deflategate."

"I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat," Obama said as a smiling Belichick gave a thumbs down motion.

"That whole story got blown a little out of proportion," the president added.


— Erik Ortiz