I believe it was the NFL that equated it to cheating.
No, that's where you're wrong!
The Commissioner himself went of his way to point out that no competitive edge was gained through this episode.
I believe it was a member of the press (New York? Anyone?) who first put the "cheating" label on this.
I don't care if you come over here to whine and b i t c h and moan, but at least bring an accurate array of facts with you, will you?