PATRIOTS’ QUARTERBACK WILL SIT FOR FOUR GAMES
|| By FITSNEWS || National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the four-game suspension leveled against New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady for his role in “Deflate-gate.”
“Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs,” Goodell’s office said in announcing its ruling.
In addition to having knowledge of the deflated balls, Brady is accused of destroying his cell phone prior to his meeting with Ted Wells – the investigator hired by the league to determine whether the Patriots broke the rules (again).
Goodell added that Brady had “engaged in conduct detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the game of professional football.”
Unless Brady can get a court to overturn the ruling, he will be forced to sit out the first four games of the 2015 season – meaning he would return to the Patriots’ lineup in time for the team’s October 18 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In the aftermath of the Patriots’ 45-7 win over the Colts six months ago, eleven of the team’s twelve footballs were determined to have been at least two pounds per square inch below league specifications – which call for all balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch (and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces).
Why does this matter? Under-inflated balls are easier for players to grip – especially in slick, rainy conditions like those that prevailed at Gillette Stadium during the AFC championship game. They are also easier for wide receivers and running backs to catch. In fact, Brady has made his preference for under-inflated footballs well known, telling a New England radio station in 2011 “I like the deflated ball.”
The scandal – known as “Deflate-gate” – dominated headlines in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, which the Patriots narrowly won over the Seattle Seahawks.
As much as this website detests Brady (our founding editor is a longtime Colts fan), we have previously argued against the punishment handed down by the league …
These punishments would be entirely appropriate – perhaps even a bit lenient – in the event the league had been provided with ironclad evidence of cheating. But they weren’t presented with such evidence, they were presented with conclusions based on the standard “more likely than not.”
Now … did the Patriots cheat? Clearly. Did their cheating impact the outcome of the game in question? Yes … although it’s unlikely this impact would have changed the outcome of the game.
But were these allegations conclusively proven? No.
Absent concrete proof, Brady shouldn’t have been suspended.
The saddest part of all this? Brady is the best quarterback in NFL history (certainly the best post-season passer of all-time), and the Patriots are one of its most dominating dynasties. In other words they don’t have to cheat.
Oh well, look for the Patriots-Colts matchup in October to break all sorts of regular season television records …
And finally, if you’re looking for a laugh check out this hilarious video of Brady “responding” to the allegations.
Question: what do Tom Brady, Hillary Clinton, and Lois Lerner having common?
Piss poor excuses for patriots?
Give yourself three points and then take back two because you didn’t give me the answer I was looking for but nice try!
And we have a winner! 100 points.
Hillary destroyed her server, Lerner her hard drive and Brady his cell phone.
The Hillary/Tom ticket and Loise, Sec of State.
What a dream team.
More of a nightmare team…
I approve of this cell phone smashing!
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Next Vince McMahon will replace Goodell. If the media does not like the winner, they try to slime them with Bullshit.
That suspension is a gentle slap on the wrist. They suspended the Saints coach for a whole year, which was way harsher.
the saints Coach and coaching staff were paying players bounty’s for hurting other players. Are you really dumb enough to try to compare one to the other?
Yeah. I’m fucking Mensa.
This brings up an interesting question regarding SJWs. Would they defend white quarterbacks for being in the minority or attack them for being white?
I’m sure Brady was deflated to hear the ruling.
Seriously, Why doesn’t the league provide the balls. Same balls, same prep, level playing field.
Rodger Goodell is incapable of providing the balls. He would fit better with a ladies croquet league.
And the score for the year – for those who remember the rants of Grand Tango. Wrong on Obamacare, wrong on deal with Iran, wrong on gay marriage, and wrong on – Brady’s suspension which he said would be overturned. 0-4, sort of like the Patriots will be after the first four games.
Grand Tango is a true American and is not stealing from taxpayers putting NON citizen mommy on Obamacare.
How can your mother in-law enroll in Obamacare as a NON citizen (Green Card?) when South Carolina didn’t set up a health care exchange?
How is she receiving subsidies, as you said.
I don’t think GT ever made predictions, other than Obama is a major Fuck Up and you’re a fucking liar. He knew you had corrupt, or coward, judges in place. He was very astute to reality, and not delusions, like you.
And here, you prove him right.
No, Rocky had it right. I should know about that fucktard’s predictions.
Son.Did you borrow my EBT card tonight? Fried chicken from Food Lion sure sounds good-I gotta pay for this shit in my own country.
Did I PREDICT????(since Obama elected)
+11 senate seats
+75 house seats
34 GOP Gov’s
Control of 69 of 98 state legislatures(house/senate)-most since Civil War
Do you mean John Roberts? Who was it that not only named him to the SCOTUS but also Chief Justice? That’s right, GWB, the one GT has tried to say was a great president. Astute, indeed. Maybe GT can “blog” about it. HAHA!
Brady is a cheater. The Patriots have been caught cheating more than once. Why should anyone believe that they have not been using deflated balls since the Patriot and Brady led rule change to allow each team to supply their own balls at games? Their organization is corrupt from Kraft to Belichick to Brady and on down. Their team, their town, and their fans can proclaim their greatness all day long, but everyone knows they have cheated to get there. They have tarnished the NFL.
He is one good looking man. I give him a pass on all cheating, past, present and future.
In Hillary Clinton’s America, everyman’s balls will be deflated. I can guarantee that.
Pretty sure no one is disputing the fact he destroyed his phone when he was being looked at for wrongdoing.