Roger Goodell has been the NFL commissioner for eight years now. He's dealt with a lot of cases and suspensions. But none quite as hectic as this one - Deflategate.
The day after the AFC Championship game, a blowout 45-7 win for the Patriots to send them to the franchise's eighth Super Bowl and Tom Brady's sixth, a report came out at about four that morning that the Patriots deflated 11 out of 12 of their footballs to get them to Tom Brady's liking.
Brady has been documented saying back in 2011 he does like the footballs on the lower end of the legal limit (11.5 PSI). After months and months of investigation the Wells report was published and Ted Wells came to the assumption that it was "more probable than not" Tom Brady knew about partially deflated footballs.
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The Patriots cooperated fully with the league's investigation, taking a $1,000,000 fine and a loss of a first round draft pick. What they wouldn't stand for was Tom Brady's four game suspension.
Brady appealed his suspension in April, only for the league to uphold it. Brady then would take the next step and take it to court, where judge Richard Berman would make the call. The suspension was overturned and that's where we stand today.
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One night away from the NFL season and Tom Brady will be under center for the Patriots. This is where it gets good.
Goodell announced last week that he will not be attending the Patriots vs Steelers game Thursday night to open the season after hearing Brady's suspension had been overturned.
Everyone knows by now that Goodell is the most hated man in New England. Or at least he is up there. Goodell knows that if he indeed did show up to Gillette Stadium September 10th, he would have to leave by the end of the coin toss. Fans there would boo him out of the building.
Before I start on the latest development, I'd just like you all to know this is just my take on the situation.
Anyways, ESPN released an article yesterday saying that deflategate was a 'makeup call' because the league thought the punishment for spygate back in 2007 wasn't harsh enough.
The article, which was over 10,000 words long, accused the Patriots for stealing teams' play signals, and swiping their play sheets from the visitors locker room. Sometimes, teams would get so worried, they'd leave out fake play sheets for the Patriots to take.
Teams would change their signals just for games against New England because they didn't trust them. Head coach Bill Belichick addressed this back on January 28th, 2015 when he held a press conference for deflategate.
Belichick had this to say:
"It was wrong, we were disciplined for it. That's it. We never did it again. We're never going to do it again. And anything else that's close, we're not going to do either... anything that's even remotely close, we're on the side of caution.”
He admitted it okay? What else do you want the guy to say? Seriously people, can we please move on to why we are all here? Football. Everything from this point on should be strictly football.
The NFL just can't accept the fact that they lost and deflategate never actually happened and they don't want to take the blame for it. So what do they do, they bring up spygate.
Convientely this happens two days before the season. No coincedance there right? Of course not. Can the NFL just move on already? The whole world knows about spygate, let's put it in the past and move onto 2015.
Maybe Roger Goodell can take some advice from Belichick, "Do Your Job".