Super Bowl: President Obama advises fans to ‘keep it clean’

The NFL’s ongoing investigation into “Deflategate” coupled with Marshawn Lynch’s dramas with the media has made for a pretty interesting week heading into Super Bowl XLIX.

So perhaps that is why President Obama felt the need to weigh in on Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

While appearing at a Democratic retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday, Obama had some advice for fans (and House Democrats) on opposing sides of Sunday’s game.

“I want to just remind the New England and Pacific Northwest contingents, this is the City of Brotherly Love,” Obama said. “So regardless of what you think about Sunday, I want y’all to keep it clean. I am not taking sides on that one.”


Obama, a noted Chicago Bears fan, then reacted when one of the lawmakers in his audience yelled, “Bring your own football!” -- an obvious reference to the NFL’s probe into whether the Patriots used underinflated footballs during their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18.

“Oh, bring your own footballs?” Obama repeated. “Oooh, ooh .... wow.”

Super Bowl XLIX will start at 3:30 p.m. PST Sunday on NBC.