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No one wants to admit there is a giant conspiracy centering around the New England Patriots.
We don’t have to go into bugging the locker room or deflating the football to find it.
This week seven members of the team, given an honorary opportunity by the NFL, have chosen not to play in the NFL Pro-Bowl. They have kissed off a large stipend and a free trip to Hawaii. This was turned down flat by every single Patriot player because they have integrity.
Do you think there is sour grapes here?
Do you think the teammates of Tom Brady are joining him in thumbing their noses at Roger Goodell and his goodwill, marketing games?
Players usually beg off for injury, but the entire Patriot squad has decided that Hawaiian beaches are not a panacea for what ails you.
We can’t blame the players (or Coach Belichick) for deciding that corrupt referees and a vindictive commissioner will not receive their hypocritical support.
And, that dear fans, is why no Patriots will show up at a sham game to be played the week before the Super Bowl.
Don’t be fooled by injury status, or exhaustion from a long season, or a desire to be with family as the motive here.
This is a clear cut case of sticking it in the eye of the beholder, Mr. Goodell. You are the reason the Patriots feel no desire to give you a free pass.
Wait till next season.