Ladies and gentlemen, I present for your consideration, the unassailable logic of Shannon Sharpe. “If you look at the Wells Report, if you look at commissioner and what he’s wrote, he’s always stated that it’s ‘more probable than not.'”

This is the argumentative corner into which the good people of New England have backed the Deflategate truthers. We blocked their punches of lies, countered with jabs of logic, hit them with combinations of facts and pummeled them with flurries of common sense. Now they’re left with no other option but to rope-a-dope on the turnbuckle of “the NFL doesn’t need proof to persecute Tom Brady” in the hopes we punch ourselves out. And in the case of Shannon Sharpe, I use “dope” literally.

Think about what he’s arguing here. Shannon Sharpe is a former NFL player and a union member. Meaning he would have been subject to the same unfair, unproven and indefensible standard of punishment he’s now supporting. Worse than that, he’s actually celebrating it.

Never mind that it’s unconscionable for a man who owes his pension and health benefits to a union that’s being trampled under the boot heels of a powerful megalomaniac, he’s actually leading the cheers for Goodell. Why? Because while he might hate the commissioner who has wrote (sic) the overreaching punishment of Brady, he hates the Patriots more. The Westboro Baptist Church could come out against Tom Brady and the Shannon Sharpes of the world would form a circle around them get “The Wave” going.

The funny thing about having no principles though, is your own hypocrisy will come back and bite you in the ass every time. Here we have Sharpe in this same segment – while actually praising Brady’s career accomplishments – calling Jerry Rice and Lawrence Taylor the greatest players of all time. That would be the same Jerry Rice who admitted to cheating by using Stickum on his hands long after it was banned by the league and Lawrence Taylor, who alternately lied about his use of drugs and underage sex workers and blamed them on his alter-ego “L.T.” Yet now he’s claiming the moral high ground over Brady allegedly wanting the footballs to be squishy.

Then again, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Given that Sharpe won two Super Bowls in Denver while the Broncos were cheating the salary cap and another in Baltimore while Ray Lewis was “destroying” his blood-stained suit so it couldn’t be used as evidence in a double murder, the ship sailed on his integrity a long time ago.

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Jerry Thornton

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Robert Griffin saga continues in Washington, as the team named Kirk Cousins its starter Monday amid reports that more members of the coaching staff and front office are ready to move on from the oft-injured RGIII.

Griffin did not help his cause when his Instagram account liked a post that criticized the team. Griffin blamed an intern for that embarrassment.

Wrote Griffin: I just wanted to set the record straight on this one. I did not “like” that IG post ridiculing our team. I have not been social media active consistently for awhile now and am ultra-focused on working to get back on the field and trying to help this team. One of our interns who helps with Instagram liked the post. As soon as I was made aware of it, it was immediately unliked. That is not how I feel and I appreciate your understanding.

According to an ESPN report, team ownership is resisting trading RGIII. The story also indicates there have been trade conversations with a “handful of NFL teams” but nothing has come of it.

Coach Jay Gruden denied that report, insisting, “The door is not shut on Robert Griffin. There have been no discussions about letting him go.”

Two teams that had been rumored to have interest in Griffin are in the AFC East: the Jets and Bills. However, reports out of New York indicate the Jets aren’t willing to take on Griffin’s injury-guaranteed 2016 salary of $16 million.

Said Jets coach Todd Bowles: “He’s in [Washington] and we have our guys right now. That’s not my concern.”

The Bills on Monday announced that their starter will be Tyrod Taylor, who spent the past four seasons as Joe Flacco‘s backup in Baltimore. Taylor beat out 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel and former Patriot Matt Cassel.

Griffin was selected second overall in the 2012 draft out of Baylor, after Washington traded up to get him. After an impressive debut season after which he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, Griffin has struggled with injuries to his knee and ankle. He suffered a concussion in the second week of the preseason and has not played since.

— Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant’s four-game suspension was upheld by the NFL on Monday, meaning another big name will be out for next Thursday’s season-opening game against the Patriots in Foxboro.

Bryant, who became one of the team’s more reliable receivers during the second half of last season as a rookie, was punished for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

“It is a disappointment to our entire organization as well as our fans, but we will continue to support Martavis during his suspension,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “It is very unfortunate his actions have put our team in this situation to begin the year, but we are confident he will learn from his mistake and return in excellent shape in Week 5.”

Bryant, a fourth-round pick out of Clemson, was inactive for the first six games last season, but then he came on strong, catching 26 passes for 549 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 21.1 yards per catch. He helped Pittsburgh overcome a slow start and go 8-2 in its final 10 games to win the AFC North.

In Saturday’s preseason loss to the Bills, Bryant had three receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers also will be missing All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell (two-game suspension) and All-Pro center Maurice Pouncey (left ankle injury). The Patriots will be without running back LeGarrette Blount (one-game suspension) and possibly Tom Brady.

Hulk Hogan said he considered committing suicide after his racist rant was made public earlier this summer.

In an interview that appeared on Monday’s “Good Morning America” program on ABC, Hogan told Amy Roach that he is “embarrassed” by comments he made on a sex tape, when he referred to his daughter’s boyfriend by the N-word. He lost his job with the WWE and hurt his relationship with his family.

“I was to the point where I wanted to kill myself,” Hogan said, adding: “I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What’s the easiest way out of this?’ I mean, I was lost.”

The 62-year-old Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, insists his comment do not accurately portray the kind of person he is.

“I’m not a racist, but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it,” he said, adding: “People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word.”

Hogan said he has forgiven himself, and he hopes his fans will as well.

“Oh my gosh. Please forgive me,” he said. “I think it you look at the whole picture of who Hulk Hogan is, you can see over all the years that there’s not a racist bone in my body. … I’m a nice guy. It’s not, you know, not the Hulk Hogan that rips a shirt off and bang, bang, bang, slams giants, you know? I’m Terry Bollea.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 1, 1987, in separate transactions, the Red Sox traded away which two players who performed key roles on the 1986 American League championship team for players to be named later?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We did not reach a settlement. … In some cases it doesn’t happen, and this is one of those cases.” — U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, during Monday’s Deflategate hearing in which he said he will issue a ruling this week

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 — Runners the Yankees left on base in Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Red Sox, including three in the ninth inning as Sox reliever Jean Machi struggled with his control before closing out Boston’s ninth win in 13 games

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier races back to the fence and skies above it to make a fantastic catch and steal a home run from the Orioles.

Old friend Adrian Gonzalez gives the Dodgers a walkoff win over the Giants by lining a ball to deep left field with the bases loaded in the 14th inning.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave Henderson to the Giants (for Randy Kutcher), and Don Baylor to the Twins (for minor leaguer Enrique Rios)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry Gibb, the eldest Gibb brother of the Bee Gees, was born on this day in 1946. He’s in the middle in this video.

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Jerry Spar
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.

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We check in with Gary Myers of the NYDN about his tweets reporting the NFL's best settlement offer to Brady... a one game reduction for a full admission of guilt. The offer obviously went nowhere.
We check in with Gary Myers of the NYDN about his tweets reporting the NFL's best settlement offer to Brady... a one game reduction for a full admission of guilt. The offer obviously went nowhere.

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We wrap up a Monday with some of the best sound bites you may have missed.

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