What do Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and NFL star Tom Brady have in common? Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says the two are both guilty of deleting valuable information.

Fiorina told talk radio host Howie Carr that the Patriots quarterback was inspired by Clinton to destroy the cellphone NFL investigators had intended to examine following to deflation of footballs in the AFC Championship. In March, Clinton admitted to having deleted roughly 30,000 emails from a private server she'd used during her four-year tenure as secretary of state.

"Maybe Tom Brady learned how to wipe his phone clean by watching Hillary Clinton wipe her server clean," Fiorina reportedly said. "I mean, hey, if the secretary of state can just wipe out all relevant information on an investigation involving her, maybe Tom Brady decided, 'I can just wipe out all the text messages as an investigation swirls about me?'"

While Brady was handed a four-game suspension by NFL officials after investigators accused him of playing a key role in the Deflategate controversy, Fiorina said Clinton has avoided having to deal with any severe consequences.

"If you talk to Tom Brady and you talk to Patriots fans, they know this is a big loss. It's a big dent in his reputation. It's a big loss in the taste of sweet victory because now everybody wonders whether they really won that game or not. Hillary Clinton is not being held accountable," Fiorina said.

It may have had some impact on public opinion, however. The latest Quinnipiac poll showed Clinton failing to beat Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, in three key battleground states and 57 percent of voters labeled her dishonest and untrustworthy in a CNN/ORC poll released in early June.

Campaign aides for the Democratic candidate have said she is willing to publicly testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in October.