Bill Simmons Has A Great Explanation As To Why Tom Brady Destroyed His Cellphone
Bill Simmons has a pretty solid reputation as a homer -- that is to say he cannot and does not look past his allegiances in the interest of objectivity. That's his shtick. He's America's wealthiest 7-year-old sports fan. There's a 200% chance he still has a Kevin McHale poster above his bed.
That said, he still manages to pump out insightful takes on current topics despite being handicapped by his compulsion to defend all things Boston. In the second episode of his new podcast, Simmons did just that.
He explained why Tom Brady wouldn't have handed over his cellphone to the NFL during the DeflateGate investigation.
"It comes out in July that Brady destroyed his cellphone, and it's like, 'Oh my god, he destroyed his cellphone? What?' [The NFL] leak it out, stuff's getting leaked left and right by the NFL, which, by the way, is one of the reasons he would never turn his cellphone over."
"Would you turn your cellphone over to the NFL?"
Good question. What's to say that the NFL wouldn't have leaked something else they found on the phone? What's to say they wouldn't leak everything they found on the phone? The Tom-Brady-destroyed-his-cellphone story has been framed as a duplicitous move on Brady's part (which it still might be) since the story leaked in late July. From the perspective that the NFL often secretly releases information to the media (ESPN, ahem), however, it's hard to argue that the league would be above using whatever dirt they found on Brady's phone as a means of coercing him into accepting a suspension deal.
Given his track record of obfuscation and ESPN's willingness to carry water on his behalf, shipping Tom Brady secrets to Bristol seems right up Goodell's alley.
“The way everyone else was covering Roger Goodell in this whole story versus the way ESPN covered it, it was embarrassing," Simmons added. "I couldn’t believe nobody called out ESPN about it.”
"You have Dan Wetzel at Yahoo, you had Sally Jenkins at The Washington Post, you had all the people in Boston, you had different radio personalities, and people really going after how the NFL was handling this, how Goodell was handling this, all this stuff. Especially in the weeks after the broken cell phone thing, when it came out that they had obviously leaked stuff and something really legitimately shady was going on, and yet if you went to ESPN you didn’t see anything. It’s hard to come away from that and not think that ESPN is in the bag for the NFL, because they were.”
(Cut to the 6:00 mark for DeflateGate talk.)
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