First off, I am not a fan of the New England Patriots. I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. In the fourth week of last season, my Chiefs beat the Patriots 41-14. It was very sweet.
With that out of the way, I believe Tom Brady should not have been given a four-game suspension by the NFL for the “deflategate” incident. At the end of this column, you’ll be given the chance to take a poll to give your view.
I was pretty amazed at the suspension, but I was also amazed at the coverage of the punishment by the media. It bordered on ridiculous. ESPN pre-empted their regular coverage and basically spiked the ball in celebration about the punishment given to Brady, and the one million dollar fine and loss of draft picks given to the Patriots organization. No wonder ESPN is starting to flounder in the sports world.
Then we had the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Was their lead story the tornadoes tearing through the Midwest or the death toll linked to General Motor’s defective ignition switches reaching 100? Nope, it was Tom Brady being suspended by the NFL.
It was broadcast journalism near its worst.
The punishment stems on the four words “more probable than not” from the “Wells Report.” The report concluded that Brady was at least generally aware of Patriots personnel deflating footballs. If that “evidence” was brought into a court of law it would be torn to shreds. Brady will appeal. The four games should be reduced.
One other aspect of the investigation that may have contributed to the severe punishment of Brady was that he did not turn over his emails and cell phone records to the NFL’s investigators.
How many of us would want our bosses or the organization of which we are members to read or have access to our personal texts and emails?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his team dropped the ball on the Ray Rice issue and suffered for it. They seem to be over compensating since then. They may be taking a great product down the wrong path like NASCAR has done in recent years.
I tweeted yesterday that it was ironic if Brady’s four game suspension stands, then he will return against the Colts on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. This will be gold for the NFL and for NBC because it’s all about making a buck. The Colts are the team that started deflategate. After the balls were properly inflated at halftime of the Colts/Patriots game, the Patriots outscored the Colts 28-0.
Brady is fortunate that the Patriots were not playing the Colts in week six or eight. If so, his suspension might have been six or eight games.
Nonetheless, this issue is far from over.
Now it’s time to take the poll…
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