Tue. Jan 18th, 2022

It came to my attention just last January that Tom Brady and the Patriots cheated to gain a competitive advantage yet again in one of the biggest games of the season. After the game, it turned out that the footballs Tom Brady was using throughout the game were surprisingly deflated to a level in which they shouldn’t be.

Now, although this is not the most egregious offense, considering the Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game, it does raise your eyebrows that yet again, the Patriots and Tom Brady are getting accused of cheating. After it was all said and done, just a couple weeks ago, the NFL had taken away the original suspension handed to Tom Brady which was a four game suspension to start the season. This surprised me and many other people around the world, and many people asked the question: why? Nobody really knows.

According to numerous news reports, the NFL did not have enough evidence to prove that the Patriots tampered with the footballs prior to that game. How on earth did they not have enough evidence? Clearly the Colts had nothing to do with it losing the game by 35 points. It is just a little suspicious to me that Brady acted as if he had no idea that the balls were deflated after the game and was reluctant to admit he intentionally deflated the balls right on the spot.

When Tom Brady appealed his suspension, right off the bat I knew this was a terrible decision because many people were going to look at him differently who are not Patriot’s fans. It’s almost like he’s being too stubborn to admit he made a mistake and wants his legacy to be flawless. That will never be the case considering the Patriots have been accused of cheating years ago when they got caught taping other teams at practice. Back on March 6, 2015 when Tom Brady was going to be interviewed by NFL investigator Ted Wells, Brady ordered his assistant to destroy his phone. This was destroyed literally on the same day that Ted Wells was going to interview Tom Brady. Coincidence? I think not.

To me this is all you really need to know that Tom Brady obviously had something to do with tampering the footballs and the fact that he played dumb back when he was interviewed after the Colts game in January addressing the situation. If Brady would have just confessed that he had done something, he could have just served his four game suspensions. Now, I believe that he will have even more people against him. This reminds me of a similar situation with baseball star Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez was acting as if the whole world was against him when he was being accused of taking steroids, then after months and months of scrutiny, it turned out he was lying and had to serve his suspension.

I feel like if Tom Brady would have just been a more genuine and honest man, people would have more respect for him. Don’t get me wrong, Patriots fans will love him no matter what, but if you aren’t a Patriots fan, you really have to question whether he’s a flat out cheater or not.

Personally, I enjoy watching Tom Brady play even though I am a New York Giants fan. I think he’s a fantastic player, but honestly, I will never be able to look at him the same. He comes off as a guy who always has to have it his way and as if he has never done anything wrong. It’s just the fact that he couldn’t just accept his suspension and apologize to everyone for not admitting he had something to do with tampering the footballs. Who knows, maybe he really didn’t have anything to do with it, but I think you are delusional if you believe that he didn’t. Nonetheless, I believe this incident really hurts Tom Brady’s legacy.

Ryan Colon is a student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at RC759426@wcupa.edu.

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7 thoughts on “‘Deflategate’ tarnishes Brady’s legacy”
  1. So you’ve drank the kool aid the NFL was serving. Brady changes his cell phone regularly. And would you trust the NFL, which has such a resounding record to keep files confidential (sarcasm). And not like he didn’t offer all his emails and text records…oh wait he did…and a few days later we read about his emails regarding pool covers…and this was what was originally asked for. And let me ask, which text message matters more to you? One on May of last year with a word “deflator” which states nothing about footballs or tampering after the refs approved them, or the one in October (5 months later) saying “the refs screwed us, they were at 16 psi. They should have been at 13”

  2. You should have written this article for “The Onion.” Seriously, it’s like you have been hiding under a rock, and don’t understand anything about “Deflategate”. Seriously, this piece is a joke, right?

  3. One of the most PATHETIC articles I’ve read to date. Get some FACTS before you write something. You just tainted your reputation by commenting on something you know little about. But don’t feel too bad about it, you’re certainly not alone. You say the balls were “deflated below what they should have been”. Do you know that they were in the range AS PREDICTED BY SCIENCE (look up that last word, because it’s clear you know nothing about it). Over the past 9 months or so, I’ve learned a lot and have lost a TON of respect for journalists. It’s amazing how many stupid ones there are out there.

  4. Oh, I didn’t realize you were a STUDENT. I should have picked up on that, you’re writing is somewhat child like. I hope for your sake you just started your training. If not, I suggest you try to find another career.

  5. “Tom Brady obviously had something to do with tampering the footballs and the fact that he played dumb back when he was interviewed after the Colts game in January” “It is just a little suspicious to me that Brady acted as if he had no idea that the balls were deflated after the game and was reluctant to admit he intentionally deflated the balls right on the spot.”

    Um, this is because he actually had nothing to do with it. Check the Ideal Gas Law. This whole story is an unproven allegation made by a proven liar and his scientifically illiterate colleagues about an irrelevant amount of ball deflation less than the margin of error between the two gauges used by the referee.

    “the Patriots have been accused of cheating years ago when they got caught taping other teams at practice.”

    This is factually incorrect. You have no idea what you are talking about. If you’re referring to the so-called “spygate”, it had nothing to do with filming practices. It was about filming during games to review later, a common practice in the NFL. The issue wan’t filming; it was the location of the camera. The Pats were filming from an unapproved location. That’s it. No practices.

    My advice to you: stay in school and say no to drugs! Oh, and check your facts.

  6. “many people asked the question: why? Nobody really knows.”

    Actually, anyone who has looked beyond the headlines, lies, rumors and innuendo knows. Reading this might help you

    http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/roger-goodells-fatal-mistake-tom-brady-an-innocent-man/33948/

    Quote: “There is NO proof, no video, no audio, no document, no text, no email, no admission, no data, no communication, no record of any kind that shows that Tom Brady had any role in illegally doctoring footballs so that they were below legal guidelines. None. This proof does not exist……The legal world has a term for a person against whom no proof of wrongdoing exists: “Innocent.”

    “Keep in mind, this entire time, the NFL found that the Colts ALSO played the AFC title game with footballs that measured under the legal limit. The league simply ignored the fact that 3 of 4 Colts footballs measured under the hallowed 12.5 PSI (upon which the NFL tells us rests the integrity of the game), as if the rules applied to only one team.”

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