No one could ever accuse me of being a New England Patriots fan or a Tom Brady/Bill Belichick fan, but the ongoing reality show of what is “Deflategate” has always left a sour taste in my mouth in that I always believed that it was a waste of time, resources, and a clear indication of a Commissioner overreaching his authority and embarking on a witch hunt towards a player that he feels may act as if he is bigger than the game. A federal court reinstated the suspension inflicted on Brady by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and will be suspended for the first four games of the season in 2016. The court’s role was not to decide if he was guilty of deflating the balls, nor did they say he was involved in a conspiracy in deflating said footballs during the AFC Championship game in January 2015. What they decided was that Commissioner Goodell did not abuse his power in how he handled the process as stated in the CBA and his role in handing down the punishment.
Tom Brady, as much as I hate to admit it, is the face of the NFL. He is the poster boy, the icon, and arguably the greatest QB to ever play the game. As much as that statement hurts my ego, its true, but this whole mess has been nothing more than a media circus, a pissing contest between said poster boy and the ruling authority of the NFL, and an entire overblown waste of time. Goodell is acting more and more like the school bully, and he doesn’t care who he takes down in the process, he feels he is right, no one can tell him different and to hell with anyone that says different. I don’t know if Brady had anything to do with it, I honestly don’t care if he did or not, but this entire thing should have been over with and settled long before now. there are more important things the NFL should be focusing on, what with the NFL draft coming up, concussion issues, early retirement issues, and the overall reputation of the league itself. This whole thing puts an unneeded black eye on the most popular sport in America, and just needs to stop.
In my opinion, Goodell, Brady and the media are all guilty of stretching this thing out more than it needed to be, and the sooner this is all over, whether or not Brady serves a suspension or is exonerated in the end, the better it will be for the NFL.