Tom Brady is great, and he knows it. He also knows that the Deflategate allegations didn’t have a damn thing to do with his prolonged run of success. In a new commercial for Foot Locker, Brady has a bit of fun while ranting at the expense of the NFL’s disciplinary process.
By now, everyone knows that as far as quarterbacks go, Tom Brady could be the NFL’s G.O.A.T. The only other quarterback that even registers as a serious candidate for the title is Joe Montana, legendary quarterback of the 49ers fame and he of four Super Bowl rings. The only knock on Brady’s resume – and one that’s undeserved at that – is the now infamous show trial known as Deflategate.
It’s an absurd notion, the idea that if the Patriots’ footballs happened to be a bit under inflated during their blowout win in the 2015 AFC Championship Game, Brady and the Pats may have gained some infinitesimally small competitive advantage. But the process that led to Brady’s Deflategate suspension was what was truly infuriating.
Let’s ignore for a minute the fact that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted to having a preference for footballs that are inflated above league guidelines, as well as the fact that Rodgers was neither punished nor even investigated for it. The process by which the NFL collected evidence, drew conclusions, and rendered punishment against Tom Brady during Deflategate was seriously lacking in logic, concrete evidence, and consistency. One couldn’t help but wonder if the Keystone Cops were employed by the National Football League. Brady’s four game Deflategate suspension was so bad that he briefly considered appealing it all the way to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, it looks like the Collective Bargaining Agreement gave the Commish the power to act like a mini-despot.
It starts with questions, and then questions turn into assumptions, and then the assumptions turn into vacations…I lost my appetite.
But now that Brady’s back in the groove and leading a 7-2 Pats team that controls the AFC East, he decided to extract his revenge in the most American way: in an advertisement.
— Foot Locker (@footlocker) November 16, 2016
I don’t care whether you’re a Patriots fan or whether you’re an opposing fan who thinks that Tom Brady is the devil incarnate. Tom Brady nailed it. There’s nothing under-inflated about his performance, as he rips apart the league’s whole process at the seams. Time will tell whether the NFL attempts to discipline Brady for the commercial, but Brady didn’t even need to mention the shield to do it. Everyone instinctively knows what he’s talking about, and that’s perhaps the most damning indictment of Deflategate available. The league’s disciplinary missteps are such a large part of the American consciousness that they’re now a punchline in a commercial.