Roger Goodell is a power drunk clown. His mission is to get you to submit. Tom Brady didn’t submit and unfortunately he is paying the price for it. Ray Rice and his wife submitted and his suspension was reduced down to 2 games (before the video came out). Tom Brady is the first among wife beaters, domestic abusers, rapists, and murderers to not get his suspension reduced. Greg Hardy, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Ray Lewis (didn’t get suspended for murdering a guy, but a fine): All these guys that got their suspension reduced. Roger Goodell says that Brady “Destroyed” his cell phone, Brady said he replaced it (See Brady’s statement below).. who’s lying? The best player in the league, or the commissioner… I believe Goodell inflated that to make Brady sound bad. You know why Brady didn’t turn in his phone, because he didn’t have to; the NFL got all the texts they needed from Jastremski and McNally.
Brady needs to sue the NFL for this case as well as defamation. Win or lose this case, Brady is going to be viewed by everyone else out of New England in the same eye as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Pete Rose and so on… Personally I don’t care because air pressure in a football is a freaking parking ticket compared to the rest of these people. The haters gonna hate and the aint’ers gonna aint….
With Brady being suspended the first 4 games of the season, do the Patriots raise the Super Bowl banner opening night? We can’t raise the banner without #12. Brady is due to come back week 5 which is an away game at Indy (HA!) followed by a home game week 6 against the Jets on Sunday Night Football. The banner NEEDS to be raised that night. Prime time on National TV vs. the Jets? Are you kidding me, that’s a no brainer. I just really feel bad for these poor teams that play Brady when he comes back…
Tom Brady just posted a statement to Facebook
I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.
Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was “probable” that I was “generally aware” of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.
I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.
Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.
To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested. We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time. Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing. There is no “smoking gun” and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.
I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioners authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.
Lastly, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of family, friends and our fans who have supported me since the false accusations were made after the AFC Championship game. I look forward to the opportunity to resume playing with my teammates and winning more games for the New England Patriots.