Miss America on Deflategate: It's Very Possible Tom Brady Cheated

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Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016

"Did he cheat? That's a really good question."

The question and answer round of the Miss America pageant has long required contestants to face the most pressing moral questions of our times, and Sunday’s pageant was no exception. On her way to assuming the Miss America crown, Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell was asked to weigh in on Tom Brady’s guilt or innocence in the Deflategate controversy.

"New England Quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for his part in the so-called Deflategate scandal. Legalities aside, did Tom Brady cheat?" asked judge and country music artist Brett Eldredge.

Cantrell asked him to repeat the question, but then succinctly offered her response.

"Did he cheat? That's a really good question. I'm not sure," Cantrell admitted. "I think I'd have to be there and see the ball and feel it and make sure it was deflated or not deflated. If there was question there, then yes, I think he cheated."

The crowd responded with loud applause and clearly the judges were impressed too. Cantrell went on to beat out runner up Miss Mississippi and the 51 other contenders for the crown from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Miss Georgia, an aspiring opera singer performed "Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio" from Madame Butterfly during the talent round of the competition. In addition to her title, Cantrell also won a $50,000 scholarship.

Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Chavet hosted the 2016 Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

Watch Cantrell's full response below:

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