Roger Goodell won't be able to dodge the Patriots in the Super Bowl. (Jason Getz/USA Today Sports)

Roger Goodell won’t be able to dodge the Patriots in the Super Bowl. (Jason Getz/USA Today Sports)

It probably doesn’t make a difference to Roger Goodell whether the Patriots win the Super Bowl. For him, Deflategate is ancient history. He won a long time ago.

When owner Robert Kraft grabbed the microphone Sunday following his team’s blowout victory over the Steelers in the AFC championship game, he seemingly spoke for every aggrieved Patriots fan around the world.

“For a number of reasons, all of you in this stadium understand how big this win was,” Kraft told a rabid crowd in Foxboro.

It wasn’t difficult to connect the dots. Almost two years ago to the date, the NFL caught the Patriots playing with slightly under inflated footballs against the Colts. Over the next year-and-a-half, even when the science said there was no wrongdoing, Goodell smeared Tom Brady’s character and imposed draconian penalties on the team –– including suspending Brady for four games. Now, in two weeks, Goodell may be in the building when Brady is handed the Lombardi Trophy. Talk about sweet revenge.

Once a regular visitor to Gillette Stadium, Goodell has avoided it since Deflategate started. He’s been in Atlanta for the last two weeks closing down the Georgia Dome, one of the most unremarkable venues in professional football.

It’s unclear whose decision it is to keep Goodell in hiding. According to Comcast SportsNet’s Tom E. Curran, Goodell would’ve been at the AFC championship game Sunday if he had gotten his way. So perhaps somebody else in the league office, or the Krafts themselves, are making the call. But then again, it’s hard to believe that Goodell would allow other people to dictate his schedule. After all, this is guy who doesn’t permit his staffers to eat pizza until he gets the first slice.

Regardless of the reason, Goodell’s absence plays into the narrative that he’s afraid of facing the wrath of Patriots Nation. But that’s a self-indulgent way to think. The truth is, Goodell approached Deflategate in a cold and calculated manner. As ESPN reported, he knew several owners wanted him to severely discipline the Patriots. Around the league, the absurd Deflategate punishment was viewed as a “makeup call” for what some considered to be Goodell’s hastily conducted Spygate investigation. He stripped the Patriots of a first-round pick and docked Bill Belichick $500,000 for taping the Jets’ coaches from the wrong area, but also destroyed the tapes.

In addition to currying favor with his billionaire backers, Deflategate was an opportunity for Goodell to reaffirm his unilateral disciplinary powers. After the Bountygate and Ray Rice suspensions were overturned, he needed to score a legal victory. That’s what happened when a federal appeals court reinstated Brady’s four-game ban last spring. Now, it will be much more difficult for the players’ union to wrestle away disciplinary control from Goodell during the next round of CBA negotiations. To Goodell, leverage is more important than Brady’s reputation.

Brady and the Patriots were Goodell’s latest victim in his seeming indefinite power grab. He used them, and now he’s onto his next duplicitous act, such as screwing the people of San Diego and Oakland. For Brady, winning the Super Bowl may be an act of vengeance –– even if he doesn’t like to admit it. But for Goodell, it’s business as usual.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
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Tom Brady doesn't understand the Donald Trump questions. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady doesn’t understand the Donald Trump questions. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady doesn’t understand why people care about his friendship with Donald Trump. He must’ve been born yesterday.

In his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday, Brady shed further detail on how often he communicates with the President. Last week, Trump said Brady called him before the inauguration.

“I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call,” Brady said. “But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.”

In the past, Brady has shied away from talking about Trump. But that wasn’t the case Monday. Just when the conversation was heading in a different direction, he brought up the subject again.

“Why does everybody make such a big deal? I don’t understand it,” he said. “I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”

While Brady didn’t formally endorsed Trump –– he declined to tell K&C who he voted for –– he aligned himself with him throughout the entirety of the campaign. In September 2015, after a “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in Brady’s locker, he said it “would be great” if Trump were in the Oval Office. At that point, Trump had already derided some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and spent years propagating a racist birther conspiracy theory meant to delegitimize Barack Obama’s presidency. Brady later claimed to be unaware of the political issues at play, but ignorance isn’t an excuse.

From that moment forward, Brady was firmly a part of the Trump phenomenon. The President often mentioned him, once even citing Brady’s support as a reason for his strong poll numbers among Republicans in Massachusetts. After every controversy, including when Trump proposed enacting a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, Brady has opted to stick by his friend. Though the loyalty is commendable, he only opens himself up to more questions each time he defends Trump’s character. One of the most famous athletes in the country is embracing the most disliked president ever. If Brady can’t grasp the appeal to that story, that’s on him.

When the leaked Access Hollywood video that features Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women came out, Brady refused to issue a denouncement –– separating himself from even Trump’s closest political affiliates, including Vice President Mike Pence. With that in mind, Brady is lucky he hasn’t been asked more questions about Trump’s sordid history with women. On K&C, Brady once said he judged one of Trump’s beauty pageants. In an appearance on the Howard Stern Show in 2005, Trump bragged about going backstage while the contestants were undressing. Those words dovetail with the claims of Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah who says Trump kissed her on the lips without her permission on two occasions –– including at the 1997 Miss USA competition. Since Brady was at one of the pageants, it would be fair to ask him whether he personally witnessed this alleged behavior.

If Trump’s erratic weekend is a harbinger of the next four years, this will be far from a normal presidency. And Brady, much like Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft, is one of his most prominent backers. At Super Bowl LI, the Trump topic will only get more play. If Brady is sick of the questions now, he should spend the next two weeks hiding out.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer