Tom Brady posted this status on his FaceBook just minutes ago. Nearly a year and a half of this drawn out process from both sides, and the event is finally over. We no longer have to sit through hours of back and forth on television and radio programs to discuss who will make the next move, and how it will affect the other side. It is all over, and I can not be more relieved.
We just sat through and listened to over a year of talk about air in a football. I can’t think of anything more tedious in my entire life. How many times can we bring out the same rhetoric over and over again? Did Brady know about the balls? Were they even deflated? How long does it take someone to go to the bathroom? These questions were thrown around for a YEAR AND A HALF, and at the end of the day, we did not receive an answer to any of these.
This process shouldn’t have taken as long as it did. From a sane person’s point of view: once they couldn’t prove that the balls were tampered with or that Tom Brady knew, the case should have been over. Once we were told that the NFL was changing the opinions and thoughts of the referee who dealt with the matter, the case should have been over. Once we were told that this all could have been possibly explained by science, the case should have been over. Instead we drew on for way too long, because the NFL needed to make sure they didn’t come out in a poor light. They were wrong, they knew it, but they continued to make this fight anyway.
We have wasted so much time, energy, and money on this stupid case, that I am glad this is just all over. Brady will take his four game suspension. Jimmy Garoppolo will play, and he will probably do just fine. He probably starts 3-1 or 2-2 at the worst. Brady comes back and asserts his dominance as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time. Now, he is angry. Now, he is rested. Do we really want to see what Brady does when his name is dragged through the mud?
The league better remain on high alert.
For anyone who says it is stupid that Brady fought this from the beginning, just think for a moment. This is the harshest penalty, by far, given out for this type of infraction. The team lost a draft pick and $1 million. The quarterback lost four games. Four games that he will never get back. With no evidence whatsoever, he was convicted by the NFL. Just imagine how it will feel when the NFL goes after a player on your team. How will you feel when they are being accused and punished with little to no concrete evidence? Do you just want them to roll over? Brady was not only fighting this for himself, but also for the rights of the NFL players. If Goodell can do this to one of the most influential players in the league, just imagine what he could do a Pro-Bowl caliber player, never mind a mid-level player.
*NOTE: The NFLPA just admitted that they still may petition the Supreme Court. So, who really knows what is going on here. I just want it over and done with. Let’s move on from a story that has become to monotonous to cover.