Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, was crowned Miss America on Sunday night, but not before she was asked a question about the recent New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s recent debacle–better known as “Deflategate.”
Before receiving her crown, Miss Georgia not only contended with the “Deflategate” issue, she also watched the pageant apologize to Vanessa Williams. Williams was the first black woman crowned as Miss America back in 1984. The pageant took back the crown and stripped her of her title after pictures of her surfaced in Penthouse magazine.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 14, 2015
Vanessa Williams was one of the Miss America pageant judges this weekend who was responsible for awarding the top prize to Miss Georgia.
Unfortunately, Betty Cantrell didn’t win any fans from the New England area with the way she answered the “Deflategate” question.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) September 14, 2015
She was asked whether New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cheated en route to his team’s run to a Super Bowl title last season by using footballs that were improperly deflated.
“I’m not sure,” Miss Georgia said when asked if Brady cheated.
“I’d have to see the ball and feel it” she said, before adding, “If there’s any question, then yes, he cheated.”
Hopefully Miss Georgia–the newly-crowned Miss America–doesn’t make too many trips to Massachusetts while enjoying her reign.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 14, 2015
Has a Miss America winner ever been booed or had tomatoes thrown at her before? Miss Georgia could be the first.
Miss Georgia’s win signified the end of a run for Miss New York contestants in the pageant. Last year’s Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, was the third consecutive winner from New York.
Did you watch the Miss America Pageant on Sunday night?
Were you excited to see Miss Georgia win the crown, or did you have another state in mind for the win instead?