LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3, 2015 — Thanks to an activist liberal judge, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has put himself above the game of professional football.
Brady’s accomplishments are legendary. He will make the Hall of Fame, most likely on the first ballot. His four Super Bowl rings are his to keep forever.
He is also a spoiled, selfish prima donna who decided that he was more important than the game he plays.
Judge Richard Berman, a Bill Clinton appointee, decided to turn the rule of law on its head. Forget the sour grapes argument. Judge Berman accused NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of exceeding his authority, when it was actually Judge Berman who committed that sin.
The issue of whether Tom Brady had his equipment personnel illegally deflate footballs is irrelevant. The only issue Berman should have based his decision on is whether the punishment was legal, which it was.
The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement allows Goodell to hand out punishments for player misconduct. He suspended Brady because he can. He can suspend a player if he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.
In this case, the original suspension was handed down by one of his lieutenants, Troy Vincent. Goodell upheld Vincent’s decision on appeal. An independent investigation by Ted Wells, a respected FBI professional, showed Brady to be guilty by a preponderance of the evidence.
Berman, like many activist liberal judges, injected his personal politics into his ruling. He sided with the union over management, which is what liberal judges do. He put emotions over codified law.
The owners and players ratified the CBA. Brady’s suspension was legal, according to the CBA. Whether or not Berman likes Goodell having so much power is none of his business. Goodell has it. Whether he used that power judiciously or capriciously is none of Berman’s business.
It may seem unfair that Goodell has so much power, but nobody forced the players at gunpoint to ratify the CBA. Berman has rendered collective bargaining meaningless. Why reach an agreement when one judge can make the agreement null and void?
As for Brady, he could have accepted responsibility. His equipment team did deflate footballs. To say they would do so without his knowledge is ludicrous. Brady did obstruct the investigation. He destroyed his cellphone. He acted like Hillary Clinton without the pantsuits. He got away with it. Now he will remain a folk hero to the New England Patriots. From the Tuck Rule to Spygate to Deflategate, Tom Brady is above the law.
He is now above the game of football.
The NFL is appealing the ruling, but for some reason is not keeping the suspension in place during the appeals process. Brady runs the risk of being suspended later in the year, perhaps even for the playoffs. He is putting his team at risk.
Goodell has been portrayed as the villain, but he is the only person in this saga who has not turned the rule of law on its head.
Brady successfully turned Goodell and Ted Wells into Linda Tripp and Ken Starr. He successfully demonized those trying to protect the integrity of the game by making himself the victim rather than the cause of the problem.
Tom Brady cheated. Tom Brady got away with it. A rigged kangaroo court led by a judge with predetermined opinions made it happen.
The fix was in. Roger Goodell lost in court, but it was Tom Brady and Richard Berman who perverted the rule of law and rendered integrity in football meaningless.