if it were my decision .......
I would take away their first and third round draft picks for the next three years.
Suspend Tom Brady for 10 games
Suspend Bilicheat from and NFL related event or activity for one calendar year (as they did to Payton)
decree that the ever hated "asterisk" must be present anytime that Championship game is mentioned,...even engraved on the trophy..." Won due to Cheating"....... as well as embroidered on the banner......also decree that the Patriots WILL have that trophy and banner on display at EVERY NFL event held at their stadium..... they have been caught cheating several times now...make them own it.
ive been reading the text messages, it was 100% between Brady and the ball boys and 100% done on purpose. Brady was even hooking the ballboy up with autographed merch and etc for doing it.
A report that says it's "probable" that NE employees deflated the balls in question and it's "probable" that Brady was "at least generally aware" means to me they could PROVE nothing.
It's "probable" that there are numerous teams cheating to one degree or another. It's "probable" that some players use substances and get away with it too.
After 4 months, all of those pages and money spent they couldn't come up with an honest "I don't have a clue what really happened."
This was another cluster fornication about something they couldn't even prove. But, somebody will be fined, suspended, fired or whatever on "probable" guilt.
I know I'm probably in the minority but I don't think any punishment is merited on a "probable" result. If there was a time to jump on it, it would have been 4 months ago and it would already be over and done with.
This was being discussed on the radio today. Probable is the language used in the NFL Code of Conduct documentation. Think of the term in the same way as the courts use the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt."Where are you seeing this? I read the ESPN story it's not there, curious I would like to read the texts too. IF they have texts of this why would they say probably and not clearly?
- Roger Goodell"This is an unfortunate, unintentional mistake made by Tom Brady who did not understand the rules concerning ball pressure requirements. However, we must hand down a severe punishment for these actions. Tom will face a 2 game suspension, which we have selected randomly from the regular season of 2015. Tom will be ineligible to play September 27, 2015 in Foxboro against the Jacksonville Jaguars and on December 20, 2015 in Foxboro against the Tennessee Titans"
This was being discussed on the radio today. Probable is the language used in the NFL Code of Conduct documentation. Think of the term in the same way as the courts use the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Think of it, I suggest, as the court use of the phrase 'preponderence of evidence', which is the highest threshold for a circumstantial case.
I'm SHOCKED, SHOCKED to find that the report was released AFTER the draft, so that NE wouldn't have to forfeit a pick or two.
Bounties for intentionally injuring opponents or deflated footballs.
I wonder which one is more impactful...
The NFL needs to stop being inconsistent when it comes to cheating or breaking the rules. Regardless of what it is or who it is - if a rule is violated or they are found cheating it needs to be dealt with.
IMO this type of inconsistency from the commissioner is tarnishing the league and it starts to make me wonder why I continue to renew my season tickets. I know if I don't... someone else will take them - it is not like the NFL needs me or cares about my approval of the NFL... but enough of the inconsistent BS.
The Patriots cheated... and have been caught... not just once... yet a "regular" player can be suspended for a year for smoking weed and we will see what/if anything happens to Brady, Coach B. or Kraft.
The comparison is that Sean Peyton was suspended for a year even though he didn't know anything about it. While it is not the same, Belicheat shouldn't get a pass under that same standard.