Thoughts on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upholding Tom Brady’s four-game suspension:
- It’s the Patriots’ turn to deal with a major training camp distraction
A year ago at this time, the Ravens entered camp dealing with the controversy surrounding former running back Ray Rice. Now the Patriots will have to deal with questions about Brady that they would rather not hear. You know coach Bill Belichick wanted Deflategate to be over by now. It’s not. Whenever Brady holds his next press conference, they’ll be a media swarm.
- Whatever happens with Brady is going to impact the AFC race.
If Brady misses four games, do you think the Patriots will finish with the best record in the AFC? I don’t. That would leave other contenders like the Ravens, Colts, Steelers, and Broncos with a better chance of landing the No. 1 seed.
If Brady takes the NFL to federal court and gets an injunction, he could still be on the field in Week 1 against the Steelers. However, if Brady gets an injunction, but eventually loses the case, his four-game suspension could be served later in the season. That could actually be more damaging to the Patriots. That’s something Brady will have to think about. He may ultimately decide not to gamble, and serve his four-game suspension starting Week 1 against the Steelers. But whatever happens, other AFC contenders will be watching with great interest.
- Whether you agree with Goodell’s decision or not, you shouldn’t be surprised he upheld the suspension.
Brady didn’t cooperate fully with the investigation. He wasn’t that convincing during his playoff press conference. And Goodell said that the cell phone, which league investigators wanted, was destroyed. Exactly what wiggle room did Brady leave Goodell?
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Brady’s agent, Don Yee, issued a statement Tuesday that blasted the Ted Wells report into “Deflategate”, and claimed that Brady cooperated fully.
“The appeal process was a sham,” Yee’s statement said in part. “As to the issue of cooperation, we presented the Commissioner with an unprecedented amount of electronic data, all of which is incontrovertible…Tom was completely transparent.”
Obviously, Goodell did not agree. So Deflategate continues.