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When it comes to Roger Goodell, Tom Brady’s father doesn’t hold back

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Mark Humphrey/Associated Press

It’s a hypothetical that no doubt every Patriots fan would find sweetly satisfying: What would it look like to have NFL Commissioner (and New England’s Deflategate antagonist) Roger Goodell hand Tom Brady another Super Bowl trophy?

When Brady’s father was recently asked about that potential scenario, he didn’t hold back.

“Somebody that has Roger Goodell’s ethics doesn’t belong on any stage that Tom Brady is on,” Tom Brady Sr. told San Francisco-area news station KRON in an interview that aired Friday.

The elder Brady had more harsh words for Goodell’s handling of Deflategate, calling the commissioner’s behavior “beyond reprehensible.”

“He went on a witch hunt and got in way over his head and had to lie his way out numerous ways,” he said.


Brady served a four-game suspension to start this season for what was commonly referred to as Deflategate, a controversy that was born out of variation in the air pressure of footballs in the 2015 AFC Championship game, but eventually spiralled into a high stakes showdown over management and labor rights.

Now, a little more than a week before the Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady Sr. says his son “never got suspended for deflating footballs” but rather because a court decided “Roger Goodell could do anything he wanted to do.”

“The NFL admitted they had no evidence on him,” the elder Brady said.

It’s not the first time Tom Brady Sr. has put Goodell and the league on blast.

In September, he called Goodell a “flaming liar,” and referred to the league as a “frigging kangaroo court.”

Goodell continues to be a figure of derision for Patriots fans. After he didn’t show up to the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium last weekend, the Foxborough spectators mockingly chanted a simple question: “Where is Roger?”


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