Antonio Cromartie: Brady should have been fined, not suspended

Per Pay Per Head Sportsbook services, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie chimes in. He’s by no means a man who is pro Brady; after all he did have some harsh words for Brady at one point in time in a newspaper. But Cromartie feels that Tom Brady is being unfairly punished by the NFL for his role in Deflategate.

“Honestly, I don’t think he should be suspended,” said Cromartie, who appeared Thursday on ESPN’s First Take from the Jets’ training camp.
“[The Patriots] got fined. They got took away draft picks. The maximum fine, I think, is $25,000. In the rulebooks, there is no suspension in the rules. There’s only a $25,000 fine. I don’t see how you can try to lay the hammer down on someone when the rule states for itself there is no suspension, just a maximum fine of $25,000.”

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So, Cromartie calls out Roger Goodell and criticizes the way in which he handled the matter, also saying that it sends a loud message to the rest of the league.

“Nobody is safe,” Cromartie said. “No matter who you are, Roger is going to do what he’s going to do. He’s going to make his own rules as he goes. It shouldn’t be like that.”

Cromartie backtracked a bit, noting the NFL Players Association “gave him the freedom” to rule on player appeals.

“We signed the CBA, so it’s … we’re at our own fault for doing it,” Cromartie said. “We should’ve been more detailed. We shouldn’t have rushed. We should’ve pushed another month-and-a-half [in the 2011 negotiations] and made those owners lose money and go from there.”

Per essential software for bookmakers the league gave Brady a 4 game suspension. This doesn’t affect the Jets at all as they don’t face the Patriots till week 6 at Foxborough. It’s actually a good look for Cromartie since Brady is somewhat a nemesis of his. Revis who was a teammate of Brady’s last year remained neutral on the situation but did say he was getting a little tired of the subject.

“I think it’s dragged a little bit too far,” Revis said on First Take. “It’s a little bit too much. I feel that he got the suspension of four games, and [he should] live with it. I don’t know all the information, I don’t know everything about the whole situation, but Tom, I know he’s a competitor. I know he wants to win. It’s unfortunate what’s going on.”

Revis also shared that Brady addressed the team after the AFC Championship Game when accusations of deflating the footballs first surfaced.

“After that game, going into the Super Bowl, Tom spoke to the team and it seemed like he was very hurt about what was being said about Deflategate and what was said about him, and I think he just tried to clear the air in that moment,” Revis said. “And then after the Super Bowl and we won, it just blew up into a bigger issue.”