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The Deflate-Gate drama continued yesterday (May 14, 2015) with Tom Brady formally appealing his suspension and Bob Kraft and the New England Patriots releasing a rebuttal report on their very own “The Wells Report in Context” website.
Not only do these two events ensure we are all going to be hearing about under-inflated footballs, the new “Deflator” weight-loss program, and text messages well into the summer, but it also gives us common people front row seats to the highest profile pissing contest outside of a Presidential Election.
One man who probably wishes he kept his mouth shut is Aaron Rodgers. If you recall, Phil Simms said on national TV that Aaron Rodgers told him:
“I like to push the limits of how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do“
Uh-oh Aaron. You are now putting the NFL in a tough spot. Once they are done with Brady and the Patriots, they now have to decide what Roger Goodell feels is the real offense in the Deflate-Gate scandal:
- Breaking the football inflation rule. Or,
- Not being forthcoming with text messages when Roger asks for them.
If the NFL really cares about Number 1, then Aaron Rodgers should get the same 4 game suspension that Tom Brady is set to receive to open the 2015 season, and the Green Bay Packers will be losing $1 million and a couple of draft picks.
But if the NFL is flexible in players’ interpretations of the rules, and Mr. Goodell only cares about Number 2 in that he gets to see all of the text messages players send to their wives and emails to their college buddies, then Rodgers is off the hook. Oh, and not only does Goodell get to see them, but the players have to agree with his interpretation of what they mean.
Aaron Rodgers clearly admitted to occasionally breaking the inflation rule when possible, if we are to believe Phil Simms. So obviously (right?) Aaron Rodgers will soon be deposed by the NFL and asked to hand over all of his cell phone records and emails. If he is smart, he should hire Hillary Clinton’s and the IRS’s IT department so that the servers that have his information mysteriously delete everything and then crash just for good measure so there will be no evidence beyond Phil Simms’ memory.
If the NFL is truly objective, then the start of the 2015 NFL season will be without two of it’s highest profile stars, and fantasy leagues across the country will be in a state of disarray.
Fortunately for Aaron, this writer doesn’t think that the NFL knows the definition of “objective”