Let's pretend asking your equipment manager to deflate Footballs is a HUGE competitive advantage.
Aren't the Chargers, Vikings and Jay Feely equipment violations similar in nature?
What were their punishments?
Why does Tom Brady get his alleged equipment violation get treated like an armed robbery when the other violations were treated like a parking ticket?
I said I don't think it was a big deal. The NFL did and I'm telling you what their angle was. They could have made a big deal about those others but didn't. I never said the treatment was fair.
Pats were snitched on before hand and sure enough had done exactly what was reported. They could have brushed it off but it's the PATS! What's the other teams you named current cheating history? The whispers are louder with them. Many teams, players and fans are on record before hand calling them cheaters. They're the one team who if caught people wouldn't let it go.
Those other teams are losing while cheating. Pats winning SBs. The spotlight and attention is totally different. People care more.
You cant punish one team with alleged equipment violations differently just because they win alot.
I believe the main point of the Brady case was that Goodell didn't follow the CBA. It doesn't mean Goodell has no power, it just means he needs to follow the CBA.
If anything Goodell needs to tone down the punishment, it doesn't help anybody tangibly.
Nah Goodell actually followed the CBA. That's why a lot of people were saying the players can't really be all that mad about how stuff is being handled, this is the CBA they agreed to.
The big thing right now is that the judge essentially called into question the powers Goodell supposedly has under the CBA, it doesn't look the same if a precedent has been set that these powers aren't necessarily defendable in the courtroom.
It's also the reason why people were saying early on that this case is much bigger than Brady.
No Judge Berman vacated the punishment because the NFL didn't follow the CBA. The main point was inadequate notice to Brady of both his potential discipline (four game suspension) and his alleged misconduct.