The newest piece of information to come down surrounding Deflate-Gate is that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal.

By Robby Sabo

1authorrob3 - Roger Goodell To Hear Tom Brady's AppealThe saga continues.

The latest piece of information to come across our desks is that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to directly inject himself into the action.

He will personally be the person to hear the appeal filed by the NFLPA on behalf of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady was, of course, suspended four-games for his part in Deflate-Gate.

Earlier today the Patriots released a propaganda-like short story rebutting the Ted Wells report. In this ridiculous report that Robert Kraft signed off on, the Patriots explain that the term “Deflator” was used because the man in question lost weight after once being a quite hefty fellow.

They also challenged the legitimacy of the report and concluded that there are no facts or basis to suspend Brady.

Just yesterday, Brady’s agent, Don Yee, brought the integrity of Wells into question.

Now, people who aren’t clouded with thoughts of idiocy are losing respect for the Patriots organization:

The bottom line is this: this is not a court of law, this is the NFL. If a team had to be actually “caught in the act,” then there would be a multitude of cheating going on.

People need to bring back sensibility to their lives and understand what is real, and what isn’t. There are too many issues regarding this case to think punishment shouldn’t be handed out, and without fully cooperation and past transgressions, it’s easy to see why the NFL (and the rest of the league for that matter), is upset at the team in Foxborough.

Kraft challenged Goodell and the league the day the organization touched down at Arizona for the Super Bowl. That wasn’t needed, nor was the cover up.

The reason we’re not talking about the Atlanta Falcons getting penalized for crowd noise or the Cleveland Browns getting tagged for sending illegal text messages is because they realized they were wrong and took their punishment like a man.

Perhaps Brady has been involved in such an environment for too many years now that he is now incapable of doing the right and sensible thing.

The worst about about this battle between Kraft and Goodell is the likelihood that things are about to get very dirty and muddy.

Think about Spy-Gate (which is another reason the Pats integrity comes into question). In that case, the public was dying to see the evidence (the video tapes). Yet Goodell and the league destroyed the tapes and swept it under the rug. Penalties were handed out, but many questions remained.

Goodell had the Pats back in that situation.

Then, Kraft had Goodell’s back when the big commish was in trouble last year after the Ray Rice fallout.

Again, and this pertains to Goodell himself, the cover-up is always worse than the crime.

If this battle continues, dirty secrets from the past on both sides will start to leak out. I have a funny feeling that Spy-Gate and Deflate-Gate won’t be the only “Gate” we hear pertaining to the Patriots after all is said and done.

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