The women of “The View” tackled the Deflategate scandal on Thursday’s episode, following a new report that “it is more probable than not” that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knew that the balls his team were playing with during the 2014 AFC Championship game were under-inflated.
Co-host Nicolle Wallace offered one of the more damning assessments of Brady during the heated discussion of the scandal.
“Golden Boy here looks like a big, fat liar,” Wallace declared.
Noting that the NFL’s report on the matter relied partially on text messages between Patriots equipment assistant John Jastremski and locker-room attendant Jim McNally, guest co-host Rayven-Symoné mused, “First of all, who did [Brady] really piss off to release these texts? Who did he not give money to off that game?”
“When are we gonna learn, don’t put your crime up in a text? Because it will be found out,” Rosie Perez chimed in.
“It makes you wonder why we can’t find ISIS that way,” Wallace quipped.
“At the end of the day, football is a sport; kids play this game, and when grown men cheat at it, I think it sucks,” Wallace added.
The conversation then progressed to cheating in sports in general, with Whoopi Goldberg declaring, “Pete Rose gambled; he’s still paying for it. Either we accept cheating and we have to explain it to the kids, or we don’t and we start saying, ‘You’re out.'”
Also on Thursday’s episode, singer/actress Patti LaBelle revealed that she will return to the Fox drama “Empire,” after appearing on an episode in March.
LaBelle then treated the audience to a musical number, belting out the disco-era classic “Lady Marmalade,” with the “View” crew serving as her backup singers and dancers.
Elsewhere during the episode, Goldberg and her colleagues discussed a lawsuit filed by a Nebraska woman against all gay people — yes, all of them — on religious grounds.
“Honey, who is in your closet?” Goldberg wondered of the plaintiff. “Because that sounds more like something about herself, some fear she has.”
“God says very clearly, ‘No one can judge you but me,'” Goldberg added, helpfully noting that the woman who filed the suit is “not God.”
During Thursday’s episode, the “View” panel welcomed Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on the ABC drama “Scandal.” While Goldwyn didn’t offer any upcoming plot details, he did reflect on his meeting with real-life chief executive Barack Obama.
“He asked me why I didn’t have more gray hair,” Goldwyn revealed.
During the interview, Wallace and Raven-Symoné stripped down partially to show off “Team Fitz” T-shirts, declaring their allegiance with Goldwyn’s character.