By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard that the NFL has announced that they will uphold Brady's suspension of four games for his role in Deflategate. Whether you think that Brady should be locked up and given life in prison or that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ (I believe the later, of course), there is one thing that most of us can agree on:
This controversy has been the worst shaming of a player over a senseless act since Pete Rose.
While men such as Greg Hardy and Ray Rice are given a couple games for beating their respective girlfriends/wives, Tom Brady's name is dragged through the mud for POSSIBLY knowing about balls being deflated by an assistant ball boy.
Really, Goodell? You get paid upwards of $40 million and manage the most successful sport in the United States, but can't tell the difference between a criminal and someone trying to gain a slight competitive advantage?
Goodell thinks that playing around with the air in footballs (still not proven) is twice as serious as drunk driving and domestic violence. PSI is so critical to the integrity of the game that the NFL had no policy monitoring it before this week.
I am not saying that Brady had no knowledge of what was going on with the footballs. There is a good chance that Brady never said a word to the ball boys, but insinuated that he liked his footballs a certain way and who would want to upset the GOAT?
The fact of the matter is that people hate success. When you have a starting quarterback in the NFL, who poses for GQ, has a supermodel wife, has won 4 Super Bowls, and is arguably (not really arguably, he is the GOAT) the greatest quarterback of all time, people will tend to be envious.
I hope that Brady sues the crap out of the NFL and Roger Goodell can't even show his face within 500 miles of Gillette Stadium by the time that this is all said and done.
But hey, thats just an unbiased sports writer's perspective.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS