Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has spoken out on the DeflateGate controversy since the league handed down a major punishment.
The New England Patriots were fined $1 million and docked their 2016 first-round draft pick and 2017 fourth-round pick as quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games.
Del Rio expressed his disapproval of this punishment and even likened it to the sanctions that USC football received in 2010.
“I think there are some similarities in terms of an overreaction, from my standpoint. I think it was a little bit overdone, but that’s somebody else’s problem right now,” Del Rio said to ESPN.
USC received a ban from playing in bowl games for two years due to Heisman running back Reggie Bush being found to have accepted benefits and gifts from agents.
They also had to forfeit their 2004 national championship and 2005 victories and reduce scholarships for three years.
Del Rio was an All-American linebacker for USC and was considered a candidate to become their next head coach after Lane Kiffin was fired.
Steve Sarkisian was hired instead though, and Del Rio has found his first head coaching job with the Raiders since being fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011.