The Tide Is Turning In Support Of Tom Brady After Release Of Appeal Transcript
Over the past few weeks and perhaps months, the tide of (non-New England) public opinion was against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Generally, the tide is always against the Patriots and Brady, because the team is successful and Brady is handsome -- two things people hate. But in the NFL's decision to reject Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, the revelation that Brady had destroyed his cell phone appeared to be enough information to declare him guilty of some sort of illegal behavior. Innocent people don't often break their own cell phones, right?
Now that the transcript of the June 22 appeal has been released, however, it looks like the destruction of the cell phone is the only true strike against Brady. He was adamant that he had never tampered with footballs, or asked anyone else to, and had some compelling reasoning for why he would want the balls he used to be at the lowest level of inflation possible -- a 2014 game against the Jets in which the balls were inflated to a massive 16 PSI. Meanwhile, the NFL and its team -- from Roger Goodell to Ted Wells -- look like they're coming down on Brady more for not cooperating with their investigation than for messing with footballs. And is that really worth suspending one of the faces of the league?
Just a few weeks ago, many thought Brady had a decisive role in Deflategate. Now, the tide is turning in his favor, if only because the league looks so foolish and vindictive:
— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive) August 5, 2015
I cannot wait to talk about how foolish Goodell looks after Brady appeals transcript was released. What an outrageous sham. 10am. ESPN2.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 5, 2015
Tom Brady transcript, basically. pic.twitter.com/pVlKftJ8df
— SportsNation (@SportsNation) August 4, 2015
I can't figure out what's more mind-boggling: That Deflategate is still going on or the NFL give Tom Brady 4 games for this nonsense.
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) August 5, 2015
Here’s one thing that Roger Goodell blatantly lied about to make Tom Brady look dishonest http://t.co/5tYQqisrME
— Steve DelVecchio (@SteveDelSports) August 5, 2015
— NESN (@NESN) August 5, 2015
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 5, 2015
At the end of the day, there are two outcomes in the wake of this transcript release: We either know now that Tom Brady committed perjury by lying under oath, or he is innocent -- either completely or enough to avoid a ludicrous four-game suspension. We also know -- nay, it has been confirmed -- that the NFL under Roger Goodell has become so obsessed with punishing its players for misdeeds (perceived or otherwise) that they'll go to any lengths to get the job done. They'll burn this house down rather than let you destroy it.
Can we just admit this was one of the biggest wastes of time in sports history and move on? Because while support for Tom Brady grows, there is likely even more support for dropping this whole thing and pretending it never happened, rather than continuing the witch hunt.
I bet the majority of NFL fans outside of New England are so tired of Deflate-gate.
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) August 5, 2015
Word. You're annoying, Pete Prisco, but right on this one.
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