Fan Sets Up Patriots GoFundMe Page to Pay the Team’s Deflategate Fine. Really.
As if this whole Deflategate/Wells Report nonsense wasn’t already absurd enough, last night a New England Patriots fan set up a Patriots GoFundMe page seeking to raise $1 million in order to pay the team’s fine.
And yes, it’s totally serious.
“We obviously know we won’t reach One Million Dollars,” the campaign description says. “However we do believe the fine is bulls**t and want to help anyway we can. So whatever is donated will be donated to the New England Patriots in help with the fine! As we venture with this, we will do frequent updates to show progression of this! If enough is made to make the travel, we will fly down there (on our own expenses) and deliver a check in person!”
Wait, there’s more.
“Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, and Tommy Boy, you have our love and support,” says somebody named Ricky Barringer, who pledged $10. “The NFL is out of their mind with this punishment. I know it’s not much, but I hope it helps. Let’s go win another Super Bowl and show the rest of the league what happens when you put the Pats in the corner. GO PATS!”
Look, internet, you can think whatever you want about the Tom Brady suspension and the penalties assessed to the Patriots organization by Roger Goodell and company. Call it an outrage, call it just deserts. Either way, we all need to acknowledge that fans donating money to pay the team’s fine is batsh*t insane. Team owner Robert Kraft is worth $4.3 billion, the team is worth $2.6 billion, and Tom Brady is worth $120 million. And they got all that money from fans, who buy jerseys and tickets and overpriced beers.
So take a look at the Patriots GoFundMe page. It’s good for a laugh. But give your hard-earned money to a kid in Africa who doesn’t have shoes, okay?