Report: Tom Brady Open To Some Sort Of Suspension — And The NFL Should Take That Deal
The Deflategate saga continues today as the NFL and Tom Brady are back in court in New York. Brady won't actually appear in the courtroom today -- sorry, sketch enthusiasts -- but his team has reportedly indicated that they're willing to make some sort of deal with the league that, in our humble opinion, the Roger Goodell and company need to jump on to kill this scandal once and for all.
The two sides have been unable to come to a settlement before or during this federal court appearance, the result of Brady and the NFLPA appealing Goodell's decision to uphold the quarterback's four-game ban. The league reportedly wants Brady to admit to the findings of the Wells Report in any settlement, which would mean committing perjury, since Brady testified under oath to the contrary. He won't do that.
So what is Brady's side offering? Via Adam Schefter:
So in this scenario, the league doesn't nail Brady for deflating (or knowing about the deflation of) footballs, but does punish him for not cooperating with the investigation.
I'm guessing that Goodell figured Brady would roll over and accept his ban once the Wells Report dropped. Instead, this fight has nearly dragged into the start of the NFL season. It's been a disaster for everybody. The only thing that appears to be keeping it going, at this point, is pride. And that's just ridiculous.
It's time to let the face of the league, one of the most recognizable and successful people in the history of American sports, get back to playing the game. There just isn't enough evidence here to justify the circus of proceedings. Give him two games for not bending the knee to the shield and make the deal, Roger.
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