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Was Tom Brady’s suspension justified?

I’m sure everybody reading this piece now has heard of the ‘Deflate-gate’ scandal and the resulting Tom Brady suspension. You as well as I are probably tired of hearing about it too. But the NFL has let itself get caught up in all the speculation. As a result it may hurt Tom Brady’s legacy forever. He is being deemed a cheater and his entire career is being looked at by bystanders as fraudulent.
In my opinion, this circumstance and the reaction to it can be traced back to the Ray Rice domestic violence case. It was largely looked at by NFL followers that the punishment originally levied upon Ray Rice was way too lenient. This lead to what I believe to be a very harsh punishment for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I believe the Brady suspension paired with the loss of draft picks is an overreaction, considering there has been no real evidence that Brady had anything to do with the deflated footballs. The Ted Wells report didn’t do too much to prove its case. The report used words like “probably” and “more than likely” to prove its case of Brady’s involvement. But to me, it doesn’t prove anything whatsoever. I know the NFL doesn’t follow the court system and can mainly do what it wants. But if you are going to suspend one of the best quarterbacks of all time that just happens to be the defending Super Bowl champion, then you need to have clear and concise evidence that there was wrongdoing.
I commend Roger Goodell for doing his best to keep the integrity of the NFL intact and for the most part I believe he has done a great job as commissioner. But the punishment levied in this case was harsh. I can’t help but believe the main job of the severity of the punishment was to send a message that this kind of activity will not be tolerated any longer. The suspension should be lessened if a 3rd party mediator were to hear the case. But that is not the situation either. Roger Goodell has taken it upon himself to use his power as commissioner to act as the arbitrator in this case. Even though it’s very within his right to do this (per the CBA), he needs to let a 3rd party step in hear the case. This way Brady’s suspension has even a small glimmer of hope to be reduced (which it should) and Goodell has still shown that he has zero tolerance in these matters. Goodell acting as mediator does not scream integrity to me.
Even if the suspension were to be reduced the damage made to Brady’s reputation may be irreversible. He is definitely off the best quarterback of all time. But the “deflate-gate” scandal along with “spy-gate” will always have people calling him a cheater.

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg is originally from Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a double major in Finance and Economics. Eric spends his time making tons of money on fantasy football.

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