Pittsburgh TV station calls Tom Brady cheater in graphic; employee fired

January 30, 2019 GMT

Tom Brady is not a beloved figure in most places outside New England, but Pittsburgh has to rank high up there in terms of disliking the five-time Super Bowl winner.

And after a TV station in Steelers Country ran a graphic on Monday that called Tom Brady a “known cheater,” the station fired the employee responsible for the gag, Sports Illustrated reported.

@KDKA throwing the shade at Brady 😂 pic.twitter.com/ZPs7gLU8Lf Noah M. Vereb (@nvereb) January 28, 2019

The station in question is KDKA, Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate. The employee was not identified, but it’s pretty certain he bleeds Steeler black and gold.

“While fans are entitled to have personal opinions, we have a journalistic responsibility to provide unbiased reporting,” KDKA told SI.com in a statement. “The graphic that appeared Monday violated our news standards. The individual who created the graphic no longer works for KDKA-TV.”

Brady served a four-game suspension at the start of the 2016 season for his role in the “Deflategate” scandal a year and a half earlier. Brady and the NFL went back and forth in court for more than a year before Brady decided not to press his appeal as far as the Supreme Court.