Joe Thomas, tackle for the Cleveland Browns, has come out to the press and made it clear he was disappointed that Tom Brady did not further fight Goodell on the Deflategate case. Thomas would have liked to see Brady take the case to the Supreme Court.
"I was disappointed that he didn't keep appealing, from a player's standpoint," Thomas said Saturday at training camp. "Because it kind of gives the commissioner a little bit more power that maybe was not necessarily already negotiated or settled."
Thomas has openly been a critic of Godell's for quite sometime now. This is especially true regarding the entire Tom Brady situation.
Last year, Thomas claimed that Goodell is constantly seeking ways to prove he is in power. He used the phrase "witch hunting." Thomas compared the situation to "driving 66 [mph] in a 65 [mph] speed zone and getting the death penalty." He believes this was just an attempt to destroy Brady. That I can agree with.
So what does this say about Goodell? Thomas is a well-respected player that seems to have a decent amount of say and sway amongst players. In my opinion, Thomas is in the right. We see all of these guys committing unbelievably terrible crimes and simply missing maybe one game and having to pay a fine.
Goodell instead of trying to uphold the "integrity" of the game, why don't you guide the league towards having integrity itself. Yes, Brady may have possibly tampered with something that is physically on the field. However, you are letting these criminals run around on the field. In my opinion that is completely dismissing any sort of integrity from the game...
Brady got a four game suspension. Sheldon Richardson got a one game suspension. Brady took a ridiculously low amount of air out of someballs (allegedly). Richardson was speeding to the point where it was a federal offense, in possession of multiple types of drugs, in possession of loaded firearms, and oh yeah...had a child in the car with him..
That makes sense...