Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe isn’t mincing words when it comes to his opinion of the punishment New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick should receive following the damning release of the Ted Wells report on Deflate-gate.
Always outspoken, Sharpe had this opinion to share on Twitter:
Brady must be suspended for minimum of 2-4 gms, Belichick gets 1 yr and tm loses 1st rd draft pick 2016-17. Tm gets fined the max.
Talk about throwing the book at New England. For those of you wondering, that’s a much harsher punishment than the New Orleans Saints received for Bountygate. It’s also a punishment that’s not likely going to be handed down by the National Football League.
Wells’ report might have indicated that Belichick didn’t have any knowledge of the footballs allegedly being deflated before New England’s AFC Championship game win against the Indianapolis Colts in January.
As Sharpe points out, a coach’s knowledge of wrongdoing under his watch has not necessarily played a role in discipline in the past, most notably Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Ppl will say Coach Belichick didn’t know. In the words of Commish Goodell to S. Payton. You’re the hd coach. You should’ve known.
The Pats punishment must be severe because spygate taught them absolutely nothing about adhering to the rules.
There are a few solid points made here. If the Patriots are going to be punished based on Wells report, Belichick shouldn’t be immune.
Secondly, Spygate has been a black eye for the organization for years. It really doesn’t matter if perceived cheating played the role in the outcome of a football game. Cheating is cheating. This is to say, it’s not the end result that should matter. Instead, it’s the intent.
If punishments are handed down in this case (a likelihood) they are not going to be anywhere near up to the level of Sharpe’s recommendations. We can take that to the bank.
We can also likely conclude that Brady, not Belichick, will bear the brunt of the penalties. After all, he’s the one linked to the deflating of the footballs.
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