The truth always seems to be such an easy answer after a series of lies have failed.
If Richard Nixon had only said the burglary was done because he thought national security was an issue we never would have had Watergate. Had we never had Watergate we wouldn’t have “gate” in our language to identify corruption.
Since Watergate broke in the early 70’s we have had more incidents in this country that have had the word gate tagged to them than the number of gates at Gillette Stadium. The latest one involves the New England Patriots, an organization that treats rules as guidelines to be tested.
The latest is deflategate, where Tom Brady inspired team workers to release more air from the balls he used in games than the NFL rules dictate. It could have ended right there if Brady would have addressed the press in January when the story first broke and reiterated that he liked balls less inflated than some quarterbacks. He could have then added he was not aware the balls broke rules just as Nixon could have pleaded he was doing it for national security.
But Brady didn’t.
Instead he answered questions like Nixon did 42 years ago. He worded things that had more ambiguity than a pass interference call in the NFL. I now know more about how footballs are delivered to the sidelines than I ever thought would be necessary. When I was in the Raiders front office during Watergate footballs were provided by the home team and inspected by the officials.