It appears NFL officials have finally gotten tired of the New England Patriots cheating, too.
The league suspended quarterback Tom Brady for four games, fined the team $1 million and took away the Patriots' first-round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017 for their involvement in Deflategate.
I bet that arrogant owner of the Patriots, Bob Kraft, isn't so smug now. Apparently the NFL, after an embarrassing season filled with many public relations gaffes, has finally gotten the message that its image needs repair.
The integrity of the league was being challenged with Deflategate and the NFL made a good move, especially in suspension of Brady. Finally, the league sent out a notice that no player or team, including their Golden Boy and one of their model franchises, is above the rules.
The suspension should have been for more games, because there is nothing that proves the Patriots and Brady were involved in deflating balls in previous years. But from this point on, both Brady and head coach Bill Belichick's achievements are tarnished.
Under Belichick, the Patriots have always pushed the envelope in regards to the rules as far as trying to gain an edge. In the past, the league has turned its back and allowed the Patriots to get off easy with other violations, but this time the NFL had no other choice.
The public outcry was too great and for one of the few times in recent memory, the NFL instituted harsh measures without the threat of sponsors pulling adverting.
Bye, bye Brady.
I assume Kraft won't be having NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over for dinner anytime soon.