Antonio Cromartie has said in a recent interview that New England Patriots Tom Brady should have been fined, not suspended, by the NFL.
This is a bit of a surprising statement as the cornerback plays for a rival to the Patriots, the New York Jets.
Brady was given a four-game suspension by the NFL as they believe he was involved in the Deflategate scandal that took place during the AFC Championship game last season.
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Cromartie said to ESPN's First Take at the Jets training camp: "Honestly, I don't think he should be suspended. [The Patriots] got fined. They got took away draft picks. The maximum fine, I think, is $25,000.
"In the rulebooks, there is no suspension in the rules. There's only a $25,000 fine. I don't see how you can try to lay the hammer down on someone when the rule states for itself there is no suspension, just a maximum fine of $25,000."
The 31-year-old then called out the man who issued Brady's punishment, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, as he believes he handled the situation poorly.
He said: "Nobody is safe. No matter who you are, Roger is going to do what he's going to do. He's going to make his own rules as he goes. It shouldn't be like that."
However, Cromartie's team mate and ex-Patriot Darrelle Revis, remained neutral on the Brady suspension, but he is also tired about how long the controversy has gone on for.
Revis said: "I think it's dragged a little bit too far. It's a little bit too much. I feel that he got the suspension of four games, and [he should] live with it.
"I don't know all the information; I don't know everything about the whole situation, but Tom, I know he's a competitor. I know he wants to win. It's unfortunate what's going on."
Even though Brady's suspension doesn't affect the Jets because they don't meet till week six, Cromartie wants them to be at full strength so they have no excuses.
It's still unusual to see a member of your team sticking up for one of your rivals key players. He should rejoicing that the Patriots season could be over before it has even begun!
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