A group of New England Patriots fans have started a GoFundMe fundraising effort to help pay the team's $1 million fine related to DeflateGate, because, well, maybe a team worth a reported $2.6 billion, according to Forbes (yes, that's billion with a b), will have trouble paying the bill.
To put it in perspective, for a person making $100,000, a fine of the same proportion would amount to about $40.
Seems like Patriots owner Robert Kraft, himself worth a reported $4.3 billion according to Forbes, could probably open up his wallet and pay the fine.
But that's not stopping some Patriots fans, who presumably are worth many, many millions less, from ponying up to help pay the fine.
"We obviously know we won't reach One Million Dollars," reads the introductory note on the fund's page, "however we do believe the fine is bulls**t and want to help anyway we can. So whatever is donated will be donated to the New England Patriots in help with the fine!"
As of Thursday morning, more than 1,000 people had donated, raising about $15,000.
That includes Zack Mann, who according to the site donated $12.
"Fine is garbage," Mann wrote, "and though I'm not rich this is a true fan showing his support for a great team and world class quarterback. Patriots for life !! #BlueandRedTillWereColdandDead."
Kraft didn't get rich by being a dummy. Getting his fans to help pay his bill makes him look even smarter -- not to mention richer.