August 6, 2015
It looks like the Tom Brady’s team of lawyers are now concentrating on proving the NFL is out to get him. Instead of owning up to deflate-gate and moving on, Brady’s team is now concentrating on saying the quarterback’s suspension was unprecedented.
Brady’s legal team has (the same as Brett Favre’s sexting scandal and the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate season) to demonstrate that the NFL has never suspended a player for failing to cooperate during an investigation, according to court documents.
Brady’s lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, argues that if there was “a lack of cooperation” from Brady then there is “a history of very comparable behavior.”
When Brady’s suspension was upheld by Goodell, the NFL’s statement emphasized that Brady destroyed his cell phone even though he knew that investigators had requested access to his phone.
During Brady’s appeal, Kessler cited Favre’s scandal and the fine that Favre received for not cooperating with investigators. He pointed out that Favre was fined $50,000.
Kessler then demonstrated how Favre’s fine was used as a precedent for fining players, not suspending them, for failing to cooperate. Then there is Anthony Hargrove of the Saints who was initially suspended for allegedly lying to investigators about Bountygate. His suspension was later overturned.
I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of this story. I am getting tired of how the story is being covered by the media. I am really tired of Brady’s comments. Where were the denials back when the caper was discovered?
There is not a similarity between what Favre and Hargrove did compared to Brady. What Brady did affects the outcome of a game and that game could be a championship game. What Favre did had no effect whatsoever on the outcome of any game. Are people really that stupid, making comparisons like this? Goodell had to suspend Brady. His actions of changing the footballs used could have easily effected the outcome of the game. For those of you saying it doesn’t make a difference, let me ask you this: Why would he do it if it doesn’t make a difference?
Facts (and numbers) Say Kelly Is Not Racist
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly isn’t a racist, as some have recently suggested. He may be far from ordinary, but he is not racist.
The allegations that Kelly is a racist have been out there all offseason. It all started when LeSean McCoy was traded away. McCoy responded by saying that Kelly was getting rid of all the good black players on the Eagles.
McCoy planted the seed and every personnel move Kelly has made since has been scrutinized. There have now been four separate instances (two former players, a former employee, and a television pundit) who have gone on record as suggesting race plays a role in Kelly’s personnel decisions. They are basically saying Kelly must be a racist, and his racial bias must be the main influence shaping the Eagles roster.
Personally, I can’t stand it when people avoid facts if it ruins their story. And I really can’t stand it when it comes to race relations.
Let me put the facts out there. The following evidence demonstrates that race has zero affect on Kelly’s personnel decisions. In other words, if Kelly is racist, his roster moves are actually working to hide it.
I will start with McCoy, who was traded this offseason to the Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso, who is Latino. McCoy will be replaced in the lineup by DeMarco Murray (who is black) and Ryan Mathews (whose mother is white and father is black).
Eagles’ Chip Kelly
There was also DeSean Jackson, cut by Kelly last offseason. Jackson was replaced last year by Jeremy Maclin (black), who has since been allowed to sign with Kansas City. Since taking over, Kelly has reshaped the Eagles wide receiving corp with the likes of Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, and Miles Austin. All four would be welcomed and feel at home at a NAACP event.
Brandon Boykin, meanwhile, will be replaced in the wide receiver slot by rookie Jacorey Shepherd, drafted by Kelly. Both are black.
That theme continues on. Trent Cole was let go, to be replaced by Brandon Graham. Cary Williams was released, with Byron Maxwell taking his spot. Bradley Fletcher wasn’t retained, and his duties will likely fall to Eric Rowe or Nolan Carroll. I challenge McCoy to do a Google Image search on any of the names listed above. He will learn none of them are white.
If Kelly is on a mission to replace his black players with white ones, he is failing miserably. The more likely conclusion is that the idea that racial bias from the head coach has influenced the Eagles is factually inaccurate at best. I would tend to call it moronic.
I also have to wonder why the departed players are holding grudges. Jackson and Maclin both had their best statistical seasons under Kelly. The same goes for McCoy. Boykin, meanwhile, led the Eagles in interceptions in 2013, including the pick that clinched the NFC East in Week 17 against Dallas. That’s an impressive foursome any team would presumably be excited to build around.
Not Kelly’s Eagles. All four are now donning different uniforms. That does not make sense to a lot of people. Kelly’s vision for the way his roster should be built has led to some extremely unorthodox transactions.
They are just transactions. Nothing more. Why can’t people just leave it like that? Why does everything has to be race motivated?