A single player causes the biggest public relations crisis for the NFL, before the biggest professional sports venue of the season, and he had the option to potentially take a three game reduction of his four game suspension, but he thumbs his nose at the league and by extension his teammate and Patriots Nation. This episode is indicative of what many has been saying about Tom Brady for years.
Allow me to put it into perspective for you. During another major scandal, Spygate, Brady beamed as he reviewed the game strategy of opposing teams; information that was acquired by connivery.
Brady is a 6th round draft pick that continue to ride the wave of the NFL’s rules to preserve the QB, rules that weren’t in place when Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana were acquiring their four Super Bowls. One could make the legitimate argument that if Roger Starbaugh or even another low round pick like Todd Blackledge had the privileges that Brady enjoys, they would’ve had more Super Bowls as well.
Tremendous constraints on defenders have allowed the league to significantly reduce the role of the fastest and the most physically gifted players making major contributions to offensive production.
A running back has to devote significant risk to their bodies and can change a game situation in an instance, but yet the often times brute and unathletic offensive lineman are taking a greater share of the purse.
Players like Danny Woodhead, Marshall Faulk and Julian Edleman appear to be first ballot Hall of Famers because Patriots owner Robert Kraft have put significant time into lobbying the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to tamp down true athleticism in favor of the system that Coach Bill Belichick is a mastermind at.
Don’t get me wrong the players are good, but the league rule changes have made them even more explosive.
The fans are happy because they’re seeing victories, but at a significant cost for people who like the authentic game. If MMA can be violent, players can sign the document to get their millions and acknowledge potential consequences for playing in a violent sport at the same time.
Don’t give me the junk about concussions. The initiative has only served as a catalyst to keep mediocre QBs like Tom Brady striving in this league. The man has dropped two steps back and accrued yardage on the back of the most explosive receiver and playing for one of the greatest masterminds to exploit the NFL’s version of deflating the sport.
The NFL went on a rampage fining the Steelers defense, over the years, for doing what they have been trained to do since Pee Wee all for marketing sake.
If Tom Brady looks like a privileged brat on the sidelines and in his commercials, that’s because he is and #Deflategate is the ultimate proof of Tom Brady the person. Destroying his cell phone, lying to NFL fans, filing an injunction and dragging his team’s season down in the process. Brady and Taylor Swift have a lot in common about the ability to make an entire industry buckle.
Even when the world knows Brady is a serial cheater and liar, he still maintains his dignity, and for the most part, analysts are still soft and cuddly with him. Steven A. Smith went through great lengths to cuddle Brady in his broadcast when he has the reputation for mercilessly attacking bad behavior.
The difference with Brady is that the Golden Child’s glare can be blinding when we actually need people to be blunt, especially when the integrity of the sport is on the line.