New England Patriots have had to endure plenty of media scrutiny since they won the Super Bowl in February, but most of the negative attention has been nothing to do with their famous fourth SB win.
Ever since defeating the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots and star quarterback Tom Brady have been embroiled in cheating claims.
Brady was accused of ordering Patriots' staff members to deflate footballs during the AFC title game, and he was eventually suspended for four games after the NFL conducted an investigation into the matter.
Back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will deputise for Brady during his four-game suspension at the start of the 2015 season, but the Patriots still think there's a chance they won't need Garoppolo at all.
Yes, that's right. Patriots owner Robert Kraft is of course confident that Brady will have the whole of his NFL ban overturned after an appeal.
“We’re part of a system and we’ll follow the rules, and it’s our hope that opening game here, we’ll have the privilege of having everyone who deserves to be on the field starting that game," Kraft explained, according to ProFootballTalk. "I know that’s what our fans want and that’s what we want.”
Not going happen
The comments are very bold on Kraft's part. It's fair to say that a four-game ban is harsh, but saying it's likely that such a big ban could be overturned is borderline crazy.
Kraft's thought process is heavily flawed. The notion that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could change a four-game suspension to a zero-game suspension is outrageous. Goodell wants to be known as a commissioner who rules with an iron fist, and turning a four-game ban into a zero-game ban is not in his make-up.