Issues Surrounding Brady have little to do with Football… Deflated or otherwise
by Chris Stevenson
“Me, I always tell the truth… even when I lie.”- Scarface
A newspaper best-known for reporting news on terrorism, Muslims and the Middle East now claims to somehow know that a White American NFL quarterback used HGH back in 2011. How in hell they know this but can’t tell us when and where the next pipe-bomber or mass-shooter is gonna strike is beyond me.
For an unprecedented 10th (and fifth straight) Tom Brady goes to the AFC Championship in a year he clearly was supposed to be suspended. Nobody beats the Boston Cheater. In fact feel free to call him Tommy Football. (That other guy surnamed football can’t seem to put two sober weeks together). Oddly enough though predictably given a pass, Brady is still not trusted. In spite of a stunning 36/7 touchdown/interception ratio, and 4,770 passing yards he did not make the All-Pro Team (Cam Newton and Carson Palmer’s stats show them throwing for more ints and less yardage, but they are first and 2nd team All-Pro respectively). Next thing you know they’ll be tellin us Tom Brady sucks air out of his footballs. Speaking of which, Brady and his team; “The Patriots” are suspected of kinda doggin it in their 2nd loss of the season just a couple weeks back in order to avoid having to play the team that comes closest to matching their Superbowl records-the Pittsburgh Steelers-in the playoffs. In all probability he’ll be bringing his air-pump. And why shouldn’t he? Remember, as of Sept. 3rd the Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and all those other pro football teams no longer play in the NFL, they are now members of the TBFL (Tom Brady Football League).
Back then, in the aftermath of the federal ruling New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall stated on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” that the “race card” played a major role in the lifting of Brady’s minuscule 4-game suspension. “There are a lot of players out there that believe that white players-specifically at the quarterback position-are treated differently.” In other words it would be safe to assume Marshall had backyard barbecue discussions with other black players on his team or ones he knows around the league. This is dangerous to more than a few, black opinions are not the ones primarily sought after in examples like this unless they are carefully rehearsed in a controlled environment. As with all dictatorships, the first line of defense is generalizations.
Yes there may be black players who are permitted to play after being charged with a crime, but this is one of those occasions we are not supposed to think a crime has been committed, like say for example a quarterback accused of rape (twice), or spying on an opposing team’s practice. The best comparison for a case of this magnitude is a short history or football and race.
Many who criticize Marshall either weren’t born or don’t remember what I now officially tag QB-Coke-gate; the NFL scandal that almost was, but was immediately shut-down by an NFL-led coverup. Follow your nose on that one. During the late ’80’s I vividly remember news of this coming to the surface, only to be immediately shot down as if it never came up at all. There’s a book by former Oakland Raider team physician Dr. Robert Huizenga that came out years later called “You’re Okay, It’s Just a Bruise” where Huizenga admits to knowing about the rumor, and becoming even a key principle in it’s diffusion. This was near the end of the ’89 season. Chapter 22 “Drugs and Politics” shows the good doctor revealing that one day he got a phone call from Forrest Tennent, a medical consultant to the NFL. Tennent was a key target of an investigation that according to Huzenga’s quoting him, “that TV crew claimed they wanted to talk to me about treating cocaine addiction in underprivileged children, then the minute the camera gets rolling they pull out a phony handwritten sheet with the names of three white quarterbacks who they said had all tested positive for cocaine, insinuating I covered it up and played favorites… none of those quarterbacks were even in the confidential strike one phase.” While in his book Huizenga downplays any such report, some years later a popular TV news journalist brought the issue back up in a show he hosted called “Real Sports,” and not only are three white quarterbacks interviewed, but a common tragedy between them was drawn. They all had sons born with a serious illness. According to one journal:
“Jim Lampley in late October sat down former Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly, Cincinnati quarterback Boomer Esiason and St. Louis quarterback Mark Rypien. All three have sons with serious medical problems. Kelly’s 9-month-old son Hunter has Krabbe’s disease, a rare and fatal genetic disorder. Rypien’s 2-year-old son Andrew had a cancerous brain tumor removed in July. And Esiason’s 6-year-old son Gunnar has Cystic Fibrosis, an incurable genetic lung disease.” Am I implying these were the infamous “three white quarterbacks” of the cocaine rumor that was later diffused (more QBs undergoing similar circumstances were mentioned at the end of the show)? No, but anything’s possible. That segment of “Real Sports” first aired in April of ’97, an article from October 15, 1991 New York Times titled “Cocaine-Using Fathers Linked to Birth Defects” discloses an important study— “An experiment using human semen has found that cocaine may attach itself to the sperm of men who use the drug, entering an egg at the moment of conception and damaging the fetus.
If the effect is proven true, cocaine-using fathers may have to share more of the responsibility with cocaine-using mothers for birth defects in children, said Dr. Ricardo Yazigi of the Temple University School of Medicine.
Other toxins such as lead and mercury to which fathers are exposed could also be hitchhiking on sperm in the same fashion, Dr. Yazigi added, affecting the fetus even before organ development begins.”
This may be proof of a pattern of white quarterback protection the NFL has traditionally practiced that at best could have saved lives if they cracked down on them the same way they do linebackers, defensive linemen, running backs and players-mostly black-of other positions. There is certainly evidence of white signal-callers other than quarterbacks benefiting from some league protectionism. Kenneth Robinson in his 2013 book “From Vick-Tim to Vick-Tory: The Fall and Rise of Michael Vick” cites the most extreme disparate comparison perhaps ever in sports. In Chapter 2 under the caption “Vick vs. Spygate” he draws a contrast between two concurrent stories between NFL figures:
“While the media, corporate sponsors, and the politics of the state all punished Vick, who is black, very little public disdain and certainly no legal sanctions followed the misdeeds of the New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. It is worth noting that the respective scandals of Vick and Belichick came to light in the same year. Yet in a very insidious manner, the media used the Vick scandal to push Belichick’s Spygate scandal off the public’s radar… secondly, as egregious as Vick’s deeds were, his deviant conduct did not involve his NFL job with the Atlanta Falcons. Vick noted that he would fly to Virginia on his days off to engage in dog fighting. Conversely Belichick carried out his misconduct in the course of his NFL job. By surreptitiously videotaping his opponents to gain a competitive advantage, Belichick may have committed wire fraud and unfair trading practices in violation of anti-trust laws in the course of interstate commerce… Congress failure to act is questionable given the extraordinary attention and punitive sanctions it accorded in Vick’s case… the league ensured there would be no federal investigation of Belichick when it destroyed the videotaped evidence, developed over nearly a decade by the Patriots staff, before an investigation could begin.”
I’m not saying Brady isn’t a great quarterback. On the contrary most QBs would have more personal success if they knew what the defense was going to do ahead of time the way Brady did during the Spygate years, more signal-callers would have benefited if they threw a softer ball to their receivers like Brady did last season. But they wouldn’t be Tom Brady. Just what happened on September 3, 2015, is more important than what happened this past Sunday during the playoffs because that’s when the real games began and ended. Judge Richard M. Berman vacated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game suspension of Brady, ruling that “…the requisites of fairness and due process” were missing from the process leading to the imposition of the penalty. In other words the league had no evidence. Why? “Allegedly” Brady destroyed it. Brady was always an outspoken proponent of changing the rules so quarterbacks could use footballs that suited them individually, in 2006 Manning joined him. According to Wikipedia “Initial reports from the NFL indicated that the magnitude of the pressure change observed in the Patriots game balls during the AFC Championship Game was inconsistent with what would be predicted by scientific laws, suggesting that human intervention was involved. However data from the NFL’s official investigation and subsequent analysis suggest that science can explain the full drop in air pressure.”
What are we to glean from this? To make a long story short, at least two teams suspected the Pats used deflated balls in games against them in 2014, so this is hardly new; Manning’s Colts and the Baltimore Ravens. Statements made after the Colts game described the footballs as being coated in a “tacky substance and seemed spongy or soft when squeezed.”
Just before the Superbowl last year the NFL hired attorney Ted Wells to do an independent investigation of Deflategate. Wells was a suspect choice because of what is considered his prior ties to the NFL and his history of defending corporations and high-profile public figures (Eliot Spitzer, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, and Floyd Flake). After four months the best Wells could come up with regarding Brady was 243 pages of innuendo and vague terminology laced with phrases like “generally aware” and “more probable than not.” Though the Wells Report was well enough for many commentators around the country to play defense attorney or prosecutor, it was only informative enough to note his refusal to provide evidence like emails and cell phone texts that was requested of Brady four months earlier. On 6/18/15 it was reported Brady had destroyed his cell phone during that period. In spite of playing the dual-role of investigator/enabler, the league announced the suspension of Brady for four games on 5/11/15.
Brady citing unfair treatment, appealed the suspension through the players union. Brady met with Goodell for ten hours but Goodell held his ground. People were upset with Judge Richard Berman later tossing out Brady’s suspension, but don’t know that on 8/19/15 Berman asked for direct evidence that links Brady to the deflated balls, and NFL lawyer Daniel Nash responded “there is no direct evidence Mr. Brady clearly knew about this” and “no smoking gun.” Did Brady cheat? In my opinion hell yes he did, but it was the NFL who fumbled the ball, they only went after him half-heartedly. Not long ago the NFL discovered a finding more unbelievable than Spygate and Deflategate combined; they lose money when Brady doesn’t toss his football regardless of how much air is pumped into it. Call it Law and Order PSI (“doink doink”). During the year he was injured (2008) the NFL was taking in $3 billion in TV revenue, CBS was paying the league $622 million for AFC games, most of those were games involving the Patriots.
The NFL money train doesn’t run smoothly without Tom Brady on TV behind center. In 2007 their total television revenue was $3. 74 billion. Strangely enough even though writers expected that figure to drop due to his absence that year, there is no data available online or in public as to weather or not there’s a figure less than that for 2008. Put Micheal Vick’s face on Brady’s body and now you got a different NFL pursuing Deflategate. Call it NFL-Affluenza.
Chris Stevenson is author of “The MAO Syndrome: A Timeline of Newspaper columns Tracking Hate, Fear, Loathing, Obstinacy, and Stubbornness of many on the right & some on the left who are simply Mad At Obama.” He is also a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him by email; firstname.lastname@example.org