DeflateGate: Tom Brady Will Not Miss A Single Game In 2015


In case you missed it yesterday, Robert Kraft addressed the media about deflate-gate, as he made a final decision as to whether or not the Patriots would appeal the NFL’s punishment inflicted upon them.

Robert Kraft’s comments regarding his decision:

"But believing in the strength of the partnership and the 32 teams, we have concentrated the power of adjudication of problems in the office of the commissioner. Although I might disagree with what is decided, I do have respect for the Commissioner and believe that he’s doing what he perceives to be in the best interest of the full 32.So, in that spirit, I don’t want to continue the rhetoric that’s gone on for the last four months. I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what he has given to us and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric. We won’t appeal."

Here are my thoughts on this decision:

Don’t Agree, But Understand

I do not agree with what Robert Kraft said yesterday. I think the Patriots should have kept fighting, because if this thing went to a court, we all know New England would wipe the floor with Roger Goodell and the NFL. The Wells report had nothing conclusive on Brady, let alone the Patriots, and a courtroom filled with actual intelligent people would realize this very quickly. With that said, I do understand why Kraft gave up the fight, because he is a genius businessman, and he knew that if they went to court, he would be costing the NFL, and himself a lot of money. So to Kraft, he felt like it wasn’t worth dragging this into court, because he wanted to save the both the NFL’s, and his image. The Pats lose in the short-term because it looks like they are surrendering, but in the long-term, they will be the victorious ones (extremely obvious transition into my second point).

Tom Brady Will Be On The Field Versus Pittsburgh

I am completely fine with what Kraft did, assuming Tom Brady misses zero games in 2015. Kraft did the NFL a HUGE favor by accepting the punishment, because everybody with a brain knows that the Patriots would annihilate the NFL in court. And since Kraft did the NFL this favor, whether it is by a deal worked out beforehand, or in the appeals process (or in court, which is the worst case scenario), Tom Brady will not miss one game this next season. Kraft gave in now, but the Pats will be rewarded later when Brady is on the field to raise the banner on September 10th.