Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell is the new Miss America, but her crowning was framed by a 31-year-old pageant scandal and a controversial statement regarding the Patriots' recent Deflategate.
According to Fox 5 NY, Vanessa Williams, named Miss America in 1984, returned to the pageant stage for the first time since a nude photo scandal caused her to resign her crown.Pageant executive chairman Sam Haskell apologized to Williams, who served as head judge.
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"I want to apologize for anything that was said or done," Haskell said to Williams onstage. "Vanessa: Welcome back!"'
As that controversy was extinguished, a new one opened as Cantrell was asked her opinion on the allegations that Tom Brady cheated by using under-inflated footballs en route to last year's Super Bowl victory.
"I'm not sure," she answered when asked if Brady cheated. "I'd have to see the ball and feel it. If there's any question, then yes, he cheated."
Miss Georgia's win ended New York's three-year dominance at the Miss America pageant. Last year's Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, was the third New Yorker in a row.