South Park Tackles Tom Brady’s Deflategate Scandal in Season 19 Premiere

You knew this was coming! South Park is finally back with a new season after nine months, and it’s taking the opportunity to poke fun at one of the biggest sports stories of the year — Tom Brady’s Deflategate scandal.

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In a new teaser that Comedy Central posted on Monday, Sept. 14, self-centered, spoiled little brat Cartman angrily paces the halls of South Park Elementary, livid that he’s been given detention. “You know what, guys? I’m gonna Tom Brady this thing,” he declares to his friends. “I’m gonna say, ‘You’re not giving me four days of detention! You’re only giving me one!’ No, to hell with that! ‘You’re going to give me NO days of suspension!”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had slapped the New England Patriots’ star player with a four-game suspension for allegedly using underinflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game. Brady appealed, and a federal judge overturned the decision on Sept. 3.

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But the handsome 38-year-old sports star isn’t the only famous face that the long-running animated series is taking on in its season premiere. Comedy Central announced that in the episode, titled “Stunning and Brave,” “the boys will express their utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner,” but didn’t provide details. The former Olympian, 65, introduced herself on the July cover of Vanity Fair, while South Park was between seasons.

According to the episode description, the school is getting a new principal who will make the boys confront the damage they’ve done through their racism (hello, Cartman!) and unconscious bias.

Other sports stars that the show has previously lambasted include Tiger Woods, Mark McGuire, Jay Cutler, Kobe Bryant, and many others.

South Park Season 19 premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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