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Miss America Feared She Was Going To Lose After Saying Tom Brady Cheated

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent

Miss Georgia thought she was a goner after she said that Tom Brady had “definitely cheated” during her interview question at the Miss America pageant.

“Did he cheat? Um, that’s a really good question,” Betty Cantrell said when asked if the New England Patriots quarterback knew about deflated balls. “I’m not sure. I think I’d have to be there to see the ball, and feel it to make sure it was deflated or not deflated. But if there was question there, then yes, I think he cheated.”

“If there were any question to be had, I think that he definitely cheated, and he should’ve been suspended for that. That’s not fair.”

Cantrell later won the crown.

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But in an interview with the Associated Press this week, Cantrell said she had no idea about the facts surrounding Brady’s case. (RELATED: Miss America Won While Wearing A Crop Top)

“You know, I tried to give an opinion based on the facts that I knew, which were very slim, and I think that the verdict came out during the week of competition that the suspension was (lifted), and that he was able to play again, so I had no idea,” Cantrell said.

Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell. (Photo: Splash News)

Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell. (Photo: Splash News)

“We really don’t have our phones that week so I didn’t know that had happened and I just want to leave that question up to the sports fans. Hopefully, the Tom Brady fans will forgive me and be OK with me again so we’ll see, but I think it is blowing over.” (SLIDESHOW: 13 Stunning Swimsuit Photos From The Miss America Pageant)