New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a big decision to make later today as it is the last day to decide if he will once again appeal his four-game suspension stemming from the Deflategate Scandal over a year ago. Honestly, the best thing for him to do at this point is to just take the suspension.
The biggest reason why he should take this four-game suspension to open the season is so that everyone, from the Second Court judges to the NFLPA to the Patriots, move on and focus on the game of football. If Brady is to actually appeal the suspension, the process would likely take well into the NFL season and likely into 2017.
What happens, at that point, if the suspension is overturned and Brady gets to play without any punishment? Well, he would have skipped the suspension TWICE and the scandal would just continue to drag out for the next 12 months, if not longer.
This not only wastes the time of the NFL fans, but the NFLPA and the multiple courts’ time as well. It also takes away the small bit of credibility NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had left.
If Brady appeals the suspension, it would be delayed until the process is over. You also have to think about the off chance that the process wraps up in the middle of the season and the suspension still stands.
What happens if the Patriots are 5-3 going into Week 9 of the season and fighting for a playoff spot and Tom Brady can’t play at the most crucial time possible? What happens if the unproven Jimmy Garrappolo comes in and goes 1-3 or even 0-4 and the Patriots stand with a 6-6 or 5-7 record with just five games four games to go?
The best thing for Tom Brady to do at this point is to just accept the suspension and sit out the first four games. It would be much easier for him to lead the Patriots back from a 1-3 or 0-4 record than a 6-6 or 5-7 late in the season.
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