The deflategate case has been on-going for almost eight months now and we still have no conclusion.
Well, we're finally going to get it tomorrow as Tom Brady and Roger Goodell will both be attending the hearing in New York on Wednesday.
Now, call it what you may, but something is a little fishy about this hearing being in New York, seeing that's where NFL headquarters are. But, that's beside the point. What really matters is what the judge's decision will be: will Tom Brady be able to play the first four games or not?
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As Robert Kraft said a few weeks back in his press conference regarding this matter, "I was wrong to put my faith in the league." Now, no offense to Mr. Kraft but, you were indeed wrong.
He also went on to state, "the league still has no hard evidence of anyone doing anything to tamper with the PSI levels of footballs." He's not wrong. There's no video evidence of anyone in the Patriots locker room with a needle in hand with a football.
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You can make any accusation you want about what the attendant did with the balls in the bathroom but, the bottom line is there's no proof that they can hand to the judge and say, we caught them red-handed because we can't see the attendant in the bathroom.
Maybe he did deflate the balls, maybe he didn't. Maybe he took them in there so nobody could take them. We simply don't know.
One could also say that because Brady destroyed his phone we'll never know. It is a valid point but, according to multiple past teammates, it is a natural thing for Brady to do. Even Brady himself released a statement that destroying his old phone is a normal occurrence.
As for Brady's side of the story, he does have some ammunition of his own to thrown in the NFL's direction.
Just last week at the Pro Football HOF jacket ceremony, ex-Packer, Ron Wolf shook hands with Goodell and told him "Way to go on that Brady thing." Goodell's response? Burst out laughing. Looking at that through the lens of a judge, that tells me he set this up all on his own. But, I'm not a judge.
Break it all down
So, if indeed the Patriots did deflate the balls remains to be seen but, if you take the score of that game and subtract the points the Pats scored off passing touchdowns (14), they still win. By a hefty margin too. LaGarette Blount ran for 4 TD's in that game so, just that alone would have earned the Patriots a win. It doesn't matter which way you slice it, the Patriots still win.
People think Roger Goodell is the clear-cut front runner to win this case but keep in mind that this is a real court case, not an NFL hearing.
A real judge is not going to take "more probable than not" for an answer. Which leads me to believe Brady will win this case and play for the whole regular season.
If that is the case and Brady does get to play, look out NFL. Brady is already mad he has to put himself and his team through this and if it turns out to all be a scam, it will only fuel the fire even more.
So, my prediction is, Brady walks out of court the winner. Of not only this case, but possibly the Super Bowl as well.
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