Tom Brady is free. The New England Patriots and their fans have finally received a bit of vindication after a judge has overturned the four-game Deflategate suspension. Brady is free to play in Week 1 for the Patriots, when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers to begin the 2015 NFL regular season. It is a huge win for Brady and the defending champions.
For Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL, it is just another giant loss and black spot.
Goodell has got to go. This is something that has been abundantly clear to me for quite some time now. Before I go further, I should clear up one thing to those reading this article who happen to reside outside of the New England area.
I am not a Brady fan. I am not even a Patriots fan. This is not a space where you will see another New Englander touting how good of a guy the Pats’ quarterback is and how the entire world is out to get the team. That could not be further from the truth.
I do, however, feel as if Goodell and the NFL botched this case from day one. It is not the first suspension case botched by the commissioner. For a man who made $40 million last year, he seems to do a pretty bad job.
Again, it is time for Goodell to go. He has too much power. He is too arrogant. He is too clueless. He refused to work with the Patriots and some sort of agreement with Brady. Now, I should clarify that I believe that Brady did a lousy job in working with the league as well but, this is a case where Goodell clearly needed to be more flexible.
But, flexibility is something that Goodell has not shown from the beginning. He believes his way is the only way and that his beliefs are the only correct beliefs. The players do not like him. The owners do not respect him. The fans can not stand him.
This decision – whether you agree with it or not – is another dark spot for a league that can hardly afford one. It should be one of the final nails in the coffin for Goodell as NFL Commissioner. Whether or not that will turn out to be the case, a change is necessary.
We can only hope that one is imminent.