Patriots Won’t Appeal Deflategate Punishment

Source: boston.com
Source: boston.com

Source: boston.com


The NFL has dropped a bomb on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The league has suspended star quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in Deflategate.

The Patriots didn’t get off the hook either–they lose a 2016 first-round pick, 2017 fourth-round pick and a $1 million fine. Yikes. The league handed Brady the similar punishment a player receives for using performance enhancing drugs. Coincidence? Nope, the league felt Brady’s actions were as disrespectful to the game as a player on PEDs.

That Roger Goodell is something else. He has made Tom Brady a sympathetic figure. Remarkable. Expect Brady to appeal this foolish suspension, get a two game suspension and go on an MVP run next season. Lovely.

UPDATE: PATRIOTS WILL NOT APPEAL PENALTIES

In a somewhat surprising twist Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced that they will reluctantly accept the fine and loss of draft picks for their role in Deflategate. After Kraft’s strong denial of any wrong doing this is almost mind numbing to me.

Either Kraft knows something we don’t (and always knew) or he just saw the writing on the wall once he saw Goodell would be involved in the appeal process. The only question that remains is what will Tom Brady do? His four game suspension was excessive to say the least and a possible 0-4 start in what might be the toughest division in the league this season is something Brady will not stand for. Expect him to still appeal and get suspension reduced to two games.