DATELINE: Judge, Jury, and Dope
Judge, Jury, & Commissioner
Whatever the decision by Roger Goodell on the Deflategate punishment for star Tom Brady, the Patriots QB made the Commissioner earn his paycheck this week.
The NFL had hoped and suggested four hours would be the length of time needed to present his case about a vacuum of air pressure.
Instead, the power of Tom Brady made the case drag out for ten hours. It is indeed Brady’s power to do so. Goodell may have hoped he would not have to listen to much, but Brady and his attorneys made Goodell squirm in his kingly throne.
There is no other way to look at it. Brady force fed the commissioner, like it or not, for almost eleven hours, including a most tasteless lunch break.
Goodell had to listen, lest he be accused of impartiality and prejudice. He had to listen to the greatest player his sport has produced in this era—and he had to face the music of how his actions have failed to protect the sport that paid him $44m this year.
Yes, Tom Brady forced Goodell to hear how he squandered $6m on a Wells Report that was a waste of paper. Goodell had to listen to the fact that he hired experts who were clueless about science and the rules of the game.
Goodell had to listen to Brady’s lawyers demolish the NFL commissioner’s incompetent referees and staff.
Tom Brady may pay a steep price for that privilege, but it had to be sweet to be in the driver’s seat and run down the Commissioner multiple times.