Stephen A. Smith Says Tom Brady Destroyed His Phone Rather Than Show NFL His Texts
July 28 / Eric Goldschein / SportsGrid
UPDATE: NFL indeed upholds Brady's suspension and confirms cell phone destruction. More here. Original post below.
Oh man, this Deflategate saga is somehow getting even more ridiculous: Stephen A. Smith said on "First Take" this morning that he "heard" that Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone rather than share its contents with NFL investigators, which is part of the reason why the league refuses to back down from its four-game suspension of the Patriots' star quarterback.
The report saying the suspension would be upheld comes courtesy of Smith. Who knows where he gets his intel from -- if it's Chris Broussard, we're in trouble. But Adam Schefter is even citing it on his own Twitter feed, which means... something?
Of course, innocent people tend to not do things like destroy their own cell phones. On the other hand, Brady is a conservative guy, and a rich one, and he could probably destroy 10,000 phones out of principle -- how dare the NFL snoop in his private messages/look at the naked pictures of his wife he keeps on there? -- without batting an eye.
The other track to take with this report is that Stephen A. is a moron and should not be heeded in any capacity. Your call.
Watch as Smith talks about what he's heard regarding the appeal, below (video via The Big Lead):
Salient transcript here:
he is going to serve his four-game suspension. not only am I hearing that, skip, i'm hearing some of the reasons why, just to throw it out there, remember when we had conversations about his text messages and refusing to show it. i'm hearing that Tom brady actually destroyed his cell phone. I'm hearing that when you talk about the $1 million fine and the confiscation of first and fourth round pick that ultimately robert kraft accepted, you have to remember -- in spy-gate back in 2007, bill belichick, when the patriots and bill belichick were fined, apparently there is some language in that agreement, in that fine that ultimately was handed down that if something like this happened again you are talking about bill belichick being banned. which in some folks eyes may have facilitated robert kraft showing a willingness to accept the penance and penalty roger goodell handed down to him.
at the end of the day, all of that is water under the bridge as it pertains to the patriots. they've accepted their penalty. bill belichick is still their coach. they are moving on. But as it pertains to Tom Brady the nfl is very, very confident he deserves a four-game suspension. from what i'm being told they are not going to budge one bit. and if he wants to go to federal court it is at his own peril.
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