I willingly admit to being someone who openly dislikes Tom Brady. Now don’t get me wrong, I’d prefer him quarterbacking my team in a heartbeat – but last I checked, my team employs Andy Dalton. I’ve disliked Brady for no good reason, likely just because he’s so darn good. Nonetheless, I’m not a fan of his in the least. So, naturally, one would assume I’d be pleased with his suspension. Hell, I thought I’d be pleased with his suspension. But oddly I’m not.
Despite what Brady says, I have no doubt he knowingly had the game balls altered. At the same time, I also highly doubt he is the only one who is having that done these days (though he will likely be the last now). I can understand a fine and being suspended for the season opener…maybe even the following game. Four games just seems a bit much, to be honest. And, as many are saying, it truly does feel like the NFL is trying to set an example instead of just giving a punishment that fits the crime.
Does anyone really believe the New England Patriots wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl last year with fully inflated football? I mean, c’mon now folks.
What really surprised me were the draft picks the league opted to take away from the Patriots. Punish Brady, sure, but why such a hefty punishment for the team? A first and fourth round pick? It’s incredibly excessive.
So, let me get this straight – Brady is suspended four games, the Patriots lose $1 million and draft picks because of deflated footballs. That’s more ridiculous than Terrelle Pryor being suspended five games in the NFL for broken rules in college (you know, getting those tattoos). Heck, Brady is getting four games for deflating footballs but Ray Rice initially was given just two games for knocking out his fiance.
Seems legit, right? (sarcasm)
The penalty makes me wonder whether or not this has to do with the team at hand – the Patriots. If this were Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, I highly doubt the punishment would have been the same. Quite simply it comes down to the fact that Brady and the Patriots are hatred. Not only that, but coming off a Championship, this was the league’s opportunity to make an example of someone – and who better to make an example of than the defending champs.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how this egregious punishment impacts the league. After all, New England owner Robert Kraft and commissioner Roger Goodell were tighter than Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie at the turn of the millennium. Kraft, who is one of the most powerful owners in the league, is said to be “out of his mind with anger” over the punishment. Needless to say, things are likely about to get bumpy between Kraft and the man that he helps employ.
Honestly, Kraft, Brady and the rest of the organization has every right to be pissed. To think the actions of deflating footballs should result in a four game suspension and the loss of a first and fourth round draft pick is asinine.
Look, as I said, I can’t stand Brady. However, I respect what he has accomplished. The man is a legend, on and off the field really. Not only is he a superb quarterback, but he is one of the greatest leaders the game of football has ever seen. Unfortunately I have to call crap when I see it, and the punishment of Brady and the Patriots is just that – pure crap.
If the league really wanted to make a statement, they should have just forced Robert Kraft to cover Chris Christie‘s next concession bill.
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