In a case that seems to be never ending, there has been a decision by the appellate court, and it leaves Patriot’s QB Tom Brady suspended again. He is set to miss the first four games of the 2016-17 season. This decision comes from an appeal made by the NFL after Judge Richard Berman cleared Brady of any suspension in September.
This doesn’t seem to be the end of things in Foxboro with this case. Brady has stood by his innocence since day one, and he will likely continue to fight this case until the league refuses to fight any longer. We are watching one big chess match between the most watched league in the United States and their biggest star.
Brady is slated to miss games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, and Buffalo Bills, in that order. If he does decide to back down and sit out the first four games, QB Jimmy Garoppolo will have plenty of weapons to throw to and should be able to win atleast to two of those match-ups.
The real problem, atleast to me, is that the league agreed that Roger Goodell could be an independent arbitrator. His office can make a ruling, and because he will stick by whatever decisions the league makes, he will not look at it fairly. Be honest for a second, and I know that’s hard to do for some Patriots haters out there, but there isn’t one shred of evidence that shows the balls were purposely under-inflated. There are a lot of holes in the league’s story, but because there is a narrative, the arbitrator looked at it and assumed guilt without proof.
I can’t wait to watch another year of court hearings and suspension talk. Thank you Mr. Goodell, and thank you NFL!
- Mike Masala