Julian Edelman has some interesting perspective on Tom Brady and Deflategate.
The reactions to Tom Brady’s alleged involvement in Deflategate by former and current New England Patriots players this offseason has produced some interesting headlines. The general consensus has been twofold.
Firstly, Brady is innocent, and even if he’s not, it’s not that big a deal anyway.
Secondly, Brady is furious with the way the whole thing has gone down, and he’s going to make everyone pay.
Add Edelman to the growing list of players who believe the entire ordeal will only serve as inspiration for Brady:
“He’s fired up—we’ll say that. You don’t want a mad Tom Brady, and he’s a little ticked off,” Edelman said, via Joe McDonald of ESPN.
Of course, like everyone else, Edelman says he’s not focusing on the upcoming verdict. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to hand down his final judgement by the end of July, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Regardless of the outcome of that hearing, it’s generally accepted this entire thing is headed to court.
Brady is convinced the league has no real case against him and that the Wells report didn’t prove anything. He’s not alone in that conviction. While the report did offer substantial evidence that ball tampering could have happened, by no means did Wells and his team prove that to be the case.
Edelman’s comment on the matter echoes what Rodney Harrison, a former teammate of Brady’s, had to say recently in an interview with the MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas:
“I’m telling you: This is the best thing that could have happened to Tom Brady,” former Pro Bowl safety Rodney Harrison told MMQB.com’s Jenny Vrentas. “This will rejuvenate him. The rest of the league better look out. This year, he’s going to make everybody pay for what’s happened.”
Perhaps after it’s all said and done—after the Patriots win two more Super Bowls in the next few years–conspiracy theorists who now view the NFL’s action as harmful to the storied franchise will be thanking the league for coming after their golden boy.
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