Friday, May 08, 2015
What I would do with Brady
Now that we've all had a couple of days to digest the whole Patriots' deflating footballs situation, here are my two cents on the issue.
Tom Brady must be suspended.
While Brady's supporters will point out that the evidence is circumstantial, there is also a preponderance of it. And let's remember, this isn't a criminal case. The NFL doesn't need to be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Brady was involved in having the footballs adjusted.
The league just needs to be pretty sure something happened. Ask Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger was suspended for six games - later reduced to four - in 2010 for his involvement in an alleged sexual assault even though a Georgia district attorney did not feel there was enough evidence to convict the Steelers' quarterback in a court of law.
If Brady is innocent of any involvement of doctoring the footballs, why didn't he turn his cell phone records over to NFL investigators? That's what an innocent person would have done.
Brady, however, did not.
And those poo-pooing this as not a big deal should look at how these kind of things are handled in other sports.
In baseball, if you doctor a baseball or bat, you are suspended. In NASCAR, crew chiefs are suspended if their car is off by 1/8 of an inch.
Cheating is cheating. And if it wasn't a big deal and didn't give a competitive advantage, why would Brady risk doing it?
His agent's assertion that the league ran a sting on his client in conjunction with the Colts is laughable. The league provided footballs, to be sure, but it did not provide any needles or drop any hints that a deflating the balls might be a good idea.
Brady should draw, in my opinion, at least a two-game suspension and the Patriots, as a team, should be fined and docked at least a second-round draft pick.
While I don't doubt that there are other quarterbacks who have done this in the past, the league has to make sure it doesn't happen again.