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Is Tom Brady Going To Get Away With Just A Fine For #DeflateGate?

Submitted by on July 23, 2015 – 12:50 pmNo Comment
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Six months ago, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was accused of asking his team’s equipment managers to provide him with footballs that were slightly deflated during the AFC Championship Game. Today, the NFL still hasn’t decided exactly how they’re going to punish Brady for doing it. They initially handed him a four-game suspension for what he allegedly did after conducting a lengthy investigation into it. But now, Brady is appealing the suspension, and it’s taking the league forever to hand down an official ruling in the matter. It’s looking more and more like Brady is going to face some kind of suspension, but it’s unclear how long it will be for and whether or not Brady is going to try and take the NFL to court to get it reduced or eliminated altogether if the suspension stands.

A new report indicates that Brady may be willing to pay a large fine in order to make the suspension go away, though. According to ESPN, the NFL Players Association reached out to the NFL recently and suggested the idea of Brady paying a fine instead of accepting a suspension. This would, of course, result in the league letting Brady off relatively easy. But it would also result in Brady taking some ownership for the #DeflateGate scandal, even if he doesn’t necessarily see things that way. Brady would, in essence, be accepting some blame and accepting a punishment without hurting his team in any way, which is what he seems to be trying to do.

Will the NFL go for it? As of right now, it doesn’t seem like it. A source who spoke with ESPN said that the NFL’s reaction to the NFLPA’s proposal was “silence.” As in, they haven’t shown any interest in letting Brady off with just a fine. But at this point, it doesn’t sound like the NFL is going to be able to please anyone with their decision. If they suspend Brady, he’s likely going to pursue legal action and stretch this scandal out even longer. But if they don’t, we’ll all wonder why the NFL bothered to take so much action against Brady in the first place.

What do you think the NFL should do here—and do you think Brady will end up getting off with just a fine?

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