Don Yee, Robert Kraft Circle The Wagons After Brady’s Suspension, Sound Ridiculous
Standing by your man is great and everything but what good does pushing back against public outrage do a football franchise? What good does it do an owner? The overwhelming consensus is that the Ted Wells Report was objective and impartial (why would the NFL have it out for their marquee star?), and the findings, while circumstantial, are more believable than Brady's account (which was "hahaha what footballs?"), so why are his agent and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft so openly defiant of the NFL's process that lead to this punishment?
A four-game suspension is one fifth of the NFL season. Twenty percent. That's not a particularly harsh punishment considering what a one-game suspension after the AFC Championship game -- when Brady could've easily been punished -- would have done. A speedy investigation after back then would've yielded the same damming, albeit circumstantial, evidence (like the withholding of text messages between Brady and the equipment managers). The conclusion would've been the same -- Brady knew enough to be at fault. So why can't Robert Kraft and super agent Don Yee just back off and accept the league's four-game suspension, as it is clearly better than the alternative of a suspension after the whole story broke back in January?
Roger Goodell did Tom Brady a favor when he hired a unit of crime fighting sloths to look into the Patriots' ball inflating/deflating habits over the last four months -- his camp needs to take their medicine and move on. It could've been way worse. He could've missed the Super Bowl.
(Quite honestly, he should've missed the Super Bowl.)
Here's what circling the wagons looks like...
Yee: “The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis. In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever."
“There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits. In fact, the evidence shows Tom clearly emphasized that footballs be set at pressures within the rules. Tom also cooperated with the investigation and answered every question presented to him.”
“(If) the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic. The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside, and a former federal judge has found the commissioner has abused his discretion in the past, so this outcome does not surprise me.”
Kraft: "Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence."
"We are humbled by the support the New England Patriots have received from our fans throughout the world. We recognize our fans’ concerns regarding the NFL’s penalties and share in their disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled, as well as the dismissal of the scientific evidence supported by the Ideal Gas Law in the final report."
"Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered."
To say it was your intention to accept ANY discipline levied by the league, only to then argue the merits of what the suspension was based on after the ruling is duplicitous and hypocritical. It's lying. The suspension is four games in part because Brady already lied to the public. Pump your breaks with the smoke and mirror show on this one, bud. This type of blatant obfuscation only further impugns the organization.
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