Troy Aikman has come out swinging and asserted that Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots should be punished severely for their role in this deflated football controversy.
The Patriots Super Bowl preparations have been hugely disrupted by the Deflategate scandal, with an NFL investigation hanging over their heads as they look to try and stop the Seattle Seahawks winning their second Championship in a row.
And Super Bowl winning quarterback Aikman did not hold back when he said that the Patriots and Belichick should be punished harsher than the New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton were for Bountygate.
“This whole comment by Roger Goodell based on the Saints when Sean Payton got suspended for the year, and he says ‘ignorance is no excuse,’ that’s going to come back to haunt him again,” Aikman said, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“That haunted him during the whole Ray Rice situation with he, himself, and now it’s going to haunt Roger Goodell in terms of what the punishment is for the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick. If ignorance is no excuse, and it wasn’t for Sean Payton. …[The Saints] did not give themselves a competitive advantage."
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"Now twice, under Bill Belichick and possibly a third time, they’ve cheated and given themselves an advantage. To me, the punishment for the Patriots and/or Bill Belichick has to be more severe than what the punishment was for the New Orleans Saints.”
As you will remember, Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season by the league as a result of their bountygate findings. He wasn't the only one to suffer however.
Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight games, assistant coach Joe Vitt was suspended for six, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, the Saints as a franchise was fined $500,000 and they were also stripped of their second round picks in both the 2012 and 2013 drafts.
The NFL almost certainly won't suspend their beloved New England that harshly, and Roger Goodell will almost certainly come out of all of this looking woefully inept yet again. Same old, same old in the National Football League.