Eli Manning expressed sympathy with fellow quarterback Tom Brady for his suspension after the “Deflategate” investigation. However, the New York Giants QB stated that after experimenting with using deflated footballs, he concluded that there is a “noticeable difference” compared to properly deflated footballs and that it is “a way of getting an advantage and breaking the rules.”

Manning said via nj.com that he did not like to see his friend Brady get suspended but added that the suspension was the league’s way of sending a message about protecting the integrity of the game.

"Any time you lose a starting quarterback for four games and draft picks, it's a pretty big statement," Manning said in the article. "The NFL is serious about not messing with the integrity of the game, no matter how big or little the issue is.”

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