You know who won’t be sitting at home next Sunday watching NFL Redzone like a civilized man? Tom Brady that’s who. The four-time Super Bowl Champion got a fancy New York City federal judge to throw out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game suspension. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said Goodell’s four-game suspension of Brady went too far, accusing Goodell of “his own brand of industrial justice.”
I don’t know what industrial justice is, but since it’s coming from a judge, it’s probably not good. Or maybe Goodell’s problem was not that he engaged in industrial justice, but that he had his own brand of industrial justice, kind of like how Paul Newman had his own brand of salad dressing. The difference being that one tastes good poured all over a salad, and the other doesn’t.
This ruling makes me feel somewhat conflicted. I don’t like the New England Patriots. I think they cheated by underinflating footballs. I think their motive was to make the footballs easier to handle and easier to catch. I also think Tom Brady knew all about it. How could he not? He was gripping the footballs each play. On the other hand, I think Roger Goodell is an incompetent buffoon.
Seriously, why is this man still employed as the commissioner of a professional sports league?
How Much Does Roger Goodell Make?
Because the NFL is no longer a tax-exempt group, nobody outside the organization knows how much Goodell makes each year. Before the NFL voluntarily dropped their tax-exempt status, Goodell’s salary was a matter of public record. In 2012, we know he made $44 million.
That’s a lot of money to pay someone who is so inept at their job and that thousands of other people could do better. Sometimes people make an ungodly amount of money because they possess skills and abilities that make them remarkable and unique.
Roger Goodell is not one of those people.
Where Does This Leave Tom Brady?
Tom Brady will be fine. Nobody cares about cheating in football, especially Patriots fans. That’s probably why the Patriots are dedicated to bending the rules. As an organization, they know the public just doesn’t care about cheating in football. Brady’s legacy is fine. Personally, I thought the Patriots and Brady would have been better off with taking the first four games off. Show me a team with a 38-year-old starting quarterback and I’ll show you a quarterback who could benefit from playing only a 12-game regular schedule season.
Tom Brady has four Super Bowl rings, so maybe he knows more than I do.