Never more so than now has Tom Brady's professionalism and integrity been in question. There have been accusations of cheating by Brady ever since the AFC Championship Game in January.
Brady was accused of ordering the tampering of footballs so they were under inflated below the league limit. Those accusations turned into charges when he was banned for four games by the NFL last week.
New England Patriots have showed unadulterated support for their star quarterback and it is believed that Brady will appeal his four-game ban. The four-time Super Bowl winner will have to lawyer up to get the better of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and former NFL star Jonathan Vilma, who successfully appealed against his year-long bounty scandal ban, has some key advice for Brady.
Advice for Brady
ESPN's NFL insider Ed Werner spoke with Vilma this week and the former New Orleans Saints linebacker explained that Brady should take the NFL to court.
“I talked to Jonathan Vilma, who ferociously fought what had until this point been the harshest sanctions ever imposed by the NFL on a team, the Saints, for the bounty accusations,” Werder said on SportsCenter, ProFootballTalk reported.
“And Jonathan Vilma told me, when I asked him what advice he’d give to Tom Brady, he said, ‘I would tell him to fight the emotion of trying to publicly defend yourself, I would lawyer up and I would devise a game plan to beat the NFL in court.'”
Vilma was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2012 season in relation to the Saints bounty case. However, after a long legal battle, Vilma's representatives managed to get the linebacker and his teammates' suspensions rescinded.
“[Vilma] does not believe that the NFL Players Association can successfully defend Tom Brady within the confines of the CBA,” Werder added. “He thinks he’s going to have to go to federal court, as the Saints players did, and in Vilma’s case he not only had union representation, he also had his own private lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, who could at some point be involved in Brady’s defense at some point.”