Welp, don’t say the Patriots aren’t going to pay the price this time around.

 
I wrote last week that I believed Tom Brady would receive a 4-game suspension, which turned out to be the case. I also believe that the suspension won’t even hurt the Pats, in fact, it may help them.

Goodell said he would come down hard, and he did. But who even takes the commish seriously anymore?
Goodell said he would come down hard, and he did. But who even takes the commish seriously anymore?

With that said, this is one of the stupidest penalties I’ve ever seen handed down. If the Ray Rice tape isn’t made public, we are never even talking about this type of punishment. Roger Goodell WAY overreacted to prove that he is both maintaining the “integrity of the game,” and that he would not let his buddy, Robert Kraft, off with just a slap on the wrist.

That’s why, on top of Brady’s suspension, the team is being fined $1 million and losing their first-round pick in 2016 and fourth-round pick in 2017.

As a Pats fan, I’m honestly the most shocked at the first-rounder. That’s a HUGE price — and the biggest loss of all the punishments handed down. After bounty-gate, the Saints were handed down a loss of two second-round picks … that was for being caught INTENTIONALLY INJURING PLAYERS.

I will admit that I believe the Patriots look pretty guilty. And had they not given investigators such a tough time, the punishment would have likely been lighter. So some of this is on the Pats arrogance.

But you’re out of your mind (or just hate the Patriots) if you’re applauding Goodell for his work on this case. Really, no matter what team you cheer for, I think we can all agree that the “integrity of the game” is never going to be taken seriously until we have a new NFL commish. So if that’ what Roger really cares about, he should just step down — which he should have done after the handling of the Rice case.

It's hard to do right now, but if Brady and the Pats can remain calm through all of this, they can take it all out on the NFL on the field next season.
It’s hard to do right now, but if Brady and the Pats can remain calm through all of this, they can take it all out on the NFL on the field next season.

We’ll see what the future has to hold for Brady — maybe there will be some type of appeal that lowers the suspension to two games. Kraft, however, already said last week that he will not be appealing any of the findings/punishments, so the first-round pick sounds like it’s gone (along with the fourth-rounder and the million bucks if you care about it).

I stand by my word as for what this means for the Patriots in the long run, though. The first-round pick wasn’t something I anticipated, so that certainly hurts their future. But this is not a bad thing for the 2015 Patriots.

No matter how much air is in the footballs next season when Tommy returns, he and the Pats are going to be out for blood. Watch out, NFL.

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