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Are You Surprised To Hear That Most NFL Fans Wanted To See The League Suspend Tom Brady?

Submitted by on May 14, 2015 – 10:41 amNo Comment

Earlier this week, the NFL suspended Tom Brady for his alleged role in #DeflateGate. And there were a lot of people, both inside and outside of the New England area, who were not happy to see the Patriots star quarterback get suspended. They thought that a four-game suspension was entirely too harsh and wanted to see him get a much shorter suspension or, in some cases, no suspension at all. In their eyes, Brady wasn’t necessarily “cheating” when he asked Patriots equipment managers to deflate game balls prior to the AFC Championship Game last season—he was trying to gain a competitive advantage just like all other professional athletes do.

However, those people are apparently not in the majority. ESPN and ABC News just teamed up to complete a poll based on Brady’s suspension. And it found that about 63 percent of NFL fans who were polled supported the league’s decision to suspend Brady. These weren’t just casual fans, either. In fact, that figure jumped to a staggering 76 percent when only “avid” NFL fans were included. So it’s pretty clear that the NFL did the right thing in the eyes of a lot of fans. About 54 percent of all those polled also said that they believed Brady cheated during the #DeflateGate scandal.

But even with all of this in mind, the question remains: Did the NFL make the right decision? Did Brady deserve the suspension that he was given? And maybe most importantly, will it stick? The truth is that, once Brady appeals the suspension, there’s a good chance that it will be downgraded, possibly to a two-game suspension. But if it is—and hell, even if it’s knocked down to no suspension at all—the NFL has sent a loud and clear message to NFL players. They are not going to tolerate “cheating” of any kind, and they understand that their fans are well aware of what constitutes cheating. So while Brady’s suspension might not hold up, there’s still a lesson to be learned here by NFL players. Let’s hope they learn it.

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