Op-Ed: Deflategate – Does Brady Deserve his Punishment?

By JON SCHAUB ’17

Tom Brady is considered to be among the greatest quarterbacks of all time. The New England Patriots have earned six trips to the Super Bowl, winning four. Brady has won four Super Bowl MVP awards, two league MVP awards, has been selected to ten Pro Bowls, and has led the Patriots to more division titles than any other quarterback in NFL history (12). He has thrown for more passing yards and touchdowns than any quarterback in NFL postseason history. He is the only quarterback to lead his team to six Super Bowls and holds the record for the most total Super Bowl touchdown passes.

Do you understand how valuable this guy is?

After a controversy during the AFC Championship Game, Brady’s legacy might change. The Indianapolis Colts accused the Patriots of intentionally deflating the footballs used in the game.

Does that tamper Tom Brady’s legacy as an NFL quarterback?

After an independent investigator, Tom Wells, released information regarding “Deflategate” the NFL has been in a spiral trying to figure things out.

During the AFC Championship Game, the report says there were 8 out of 12 balls under the NFL’s rule on PSI level of 12.5. For the people who don’t understand footballs, it’s a big deal to have a deflated ball because that gives a huge advantage to whoever is using them, in this case, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. During that championship game it just happened to be pouring down rain as well. So the deflated balls become easier to throw, catch and kick.

Whether you’re pro-Patriots or anti-Patriots, is Tom Brady’s four game suspension enough? Does the Patriots organizations deserve their punishments: Lose a first round pick in 2016, lose a fourth round pick in 2017, and fined 1 million dollars.

I am neither pro or anti Patriot. I am a fan of the NFL. With all of the controversies the NFL has to deal with, keeping the reputation of the owners, coaches, players and fans has been difficult. If the NFL just let this slide, it degrades the integrity of the game.

Did I mention the New England Patriots have been caught cheating in other ways: Spygate?

Did you hear what A.J. Feeley had to say about this issue? He told a sports radio, “The Fanatic” that while playing for the Dolphins in 2004, he saw Brady getting broken-in balls way before the NFL allowed teams to prepare their own footballs.

Whatever side you are on, Tom Brady deserves the punishment. Protect the NFL’s reputation. Protect the New England Patriots from further hatred from other fans. Just accept the punishment and move on.

In the end, Brady will get more free time with his wife, Gisele. The punishment isn’t too bad.

gisele

Photo curtesy Creative Commons

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1 reply

  1. Gisele is cool.

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