Tom Brady Suspended, Patriots Fined For DelafteGate
Agent Blasts Tom Brady Suspension, Says Appeal Is Coming
Well here’s a shocker. NFL superagent Don Yee has released an official statement blasting the Tom Brady suspension and vowing to appeal the “ridiculous” punishment handed out to his client.
Yee says the outcome of the Wells investigation was “pre-determined” and the suspension “ridiculous.” Then he goes on the offensive and starts attacking the NFL for its collusion with the Colts, its lack of game-day protocols, and its “well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions.”
Here is Yee’s statement in its entirety:
The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis. In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever.
There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits. In fact, the evidence shows Tom clearly emphasized that footballs be set at pressures within the rules. Tom also cooperated with the investigation and answered every question presented to him. The Wells Report presents significant evidence, however, that the NFL lacks standards or protocols with respect to its handling of footballs prior to games; this is not the fault of Tom or the Patriots.
The report also presents significant evidence the NFL participated with the Colts in some type of pre-AFC Championship Game planning regarding the footballs. This fact may raise serious questions about the integrity of the games we view on Sundays.
We will appeal, and if the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic.
The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside, and a former federal judge has found the commissioner has abused his discretion in the past, so this outcome does not surprise me.
Sadly, today’s decision diminishes the NFL as it tells its fans, players and coaches that the games on the field don’t count as much as the games played on Park Avenue.
For the most part, this is just Tom Brady’s agent trying to spin the situation and defend his client. But he does make one or two good points—like the one about the NFL’s history of handing out punishments.
The bigger take-away here is that this Deflategate nonsense is far from over. So stay tuned.
Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]