Tom Brady is in a fight for his career after the Deflategate scandal. The NFLPA was quick to dispatch their best to protect the Golden Boy and all of his wonderful assets, most likely due to how hard NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came down on him. With a 4 game suspension waiting for Brady after the NFL preseason, things are starting to simmer down a bit, but nothing has yet been set in stone yet with U.S. District Judge Bermin. His decision is expected to be soon after their meeting on Aug. 31st and will most likely be immediately appealed by the losing side.
Unfortunately for all parties involved, there really will be no winners in this. Brady’s reputation has already been tarnished, Goodell is still clinging to life after a disastrous year as commissioner, and the NFL as a whole is still licking its wounds from what seems like a multitude of brad press over the last two years. Throughout it all ratings are still consistent and the NFL is as popular as ever, but you still have to wonder where exactly the line is for the league.
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Several unlikely supporters of Brady have stepped forward, while the majority of his QB brethren have been surprisingly quiet or openly critical. It really has been a firestorm since before they won the Super Bowl this year, to the point where it’s probably their least enjoyable yet. Brady remains stoic as ever, even with the leak of his personal emails that made him come off like the diva we already knew he was. His unapologetic brashness and elite behavior is so in your face that it’s almost impossible to hate his honesty. So who will Judge Bermin swing his gavel in favor of?
Well obviously Brady, if you take into account how Bountygate with the New Orleans Saints went. The mess that was the investigation surrounding Bountygate wouldn’t have been so bad if things were as out of control in the league as they are now. If Goodell wants to give Brady a proverbial black eye for his supposed role in deflating the footballs, then he will have to explain to the judge exactly how Brady was involved-which to this day, he still can’t. All of the smoke and mirrors just means that this was all for nothing, as Brady will once again walk away unscathed. Oh yes, and still a Super Bowl champion.