Surprise, in one of the more shocking returns in the history of sports, new details revolving around ‘Deflategate’ have emerged and they’re truly breathtaking.
At the end of the day, Tom Brady served his four-game suspension and returned to lead New England to another Super Bowl. However, the five-time champion was reportedly offered the chance to avoid missing time on the field.
In a stunning revelation unveiled in ’12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption,’ the NFL would’ve given Brady a $1 million fine instead of a suspension under one condition: throw the equipment workers under the bus.
Despite having the chance to start Week 1 of the season, Brady refused to place the blame on someone else.
New book claims Tom Brady turned down deal to avoid Deflategate suspension, refused to publicly blame equipment guys https://t.co/LgpJmITYhi
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) August 2, 2018
This is absolutely huge, considering the way the league handled this dilemma. Brady was hunted down by the NFL several times throughout the case, yet he was basically given a plea deal.
On a different note, it was a noble act by TB12 to keep Jim McNally and John Jastremski in the clear.
If this is true, it's fairly significant. New DeflateGate book says that Goodell would've let Brady off with only a $1m fine … if he threw McNally/Jastremski under the bus. Book says Brady said no. https://t.co/KekBWz3AUi
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) August 2, 2018
We always feel like Brady plays with a giant chip on his shoulder. Now, we know exactly why he was motivated to steamroll any competitor who stood in his way on the road to another New England championship.
To no one’s surprise, the NFL has some explaining to do about this shocking story.