As everyone knows by now, Tom Brady’s four-game suspension has been erased.
Now I understand that some people had already labeled Brady as a cheater as soon as all of the bogus news coverage broke out after the AFC Championship game. Those people are called haters, and there’s absolutely nothing that will sway their opinion. They will continue to make up reasons that Brady is a cheater and a liar no matter what any judge says. But before any of those jealous Brady bashers start spewing nonsense about the Patriots paying off Richard Berman or Berman having Brady on his fantasy team, here are a few things they should keep in mind:
If you think Brady had knowledge of footballs being deflated, guess what? You might be right. I certainly don’t think he did, simply because he’s an embodiment of the perfect human and therefore his integrity should never be in question. But I’m a Patriots fan so go ahead and call me biased. Let’s say that Brady was “generally aware” of footballs being deflated. Then, when you’re done trying to tarnish the reputation of the greatest quarterback ever because you’re mad that he always beats your team, show me some evidence.
The bottom line is that this trial was not about deflated footballs. It was about Roger Goodell handing down a four-game suspension to one of the greatest players in NFL history despite not having any evidence to support his decision. It was about showing an egomaniac on an all-out power trip that he needs to chill out and stop handing out fines and suspensions because he feels like it or because he wants to endear himself to the Patriots’ haters that seemingly make up the majority of football fans in America (probably because Brady has a winning record against every team in the NFL since he entered the league).
If you actually think that Brady deserved a suspension equivalent to that of a PED user, even if he did have knowledge of the situation, then you are as delusional as Rex Ryan making preseason predictions. Nobody who knows anything about football should even care if the balls were deflated because the Patriots’ 28-0 thrashing of the Colts after the balls had been fixed at halftime is enough proof that it had absolutely no effect on the outcome of the game. So even if there was evidence that he was involved, anything more than a slap on the wrist would have been too much. But again, no evidence, no suspension. It’s as clear as day.
Judge Berman’s 40-page decision has been released, and here are some highlights that show why he had no choice but to throw away Brady’s suspension:
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : John Bardsley