02/06/2015 10:56 am ET Updated Feb 06, 2015

Aaron Hernandez's Lawyer Actually Made A ‘Deflategate' Joke During A Murder Trial

One of Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers decided on Thursday that a murder trial is as good a place as any to make a “deflategate” joke.

James Sultan, an attorney for the former New England Patriot, concluded his questioning of a Massachusetts state police trooper with an ill-advised question: “Did you ever receive training in football deflation devices?”

“No,” the officer replied. Sultan, who had been questioning the officer about tire pressure, apologized to the courtroom on Friday morning after Judge Susan Garsh expressed her disapproval of the quip.

Hernandez stands accused in the murder of Odin Lloyd, a human being. The Patriots have been accused of deflating some footballs before a big game.

In hindsight, that was a mistake,” Sultan said early Friday, according to WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager. But Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann wonders whether it might have been part of the defense team’s larger strategy.