Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas gave ESPN quite an earful on his opinion of Roger Goodell’s #Deflategate ‘witch hunt’ against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady:
“I would equate what [Tom Brady] did to driving 66 [mph] in a 65 speed zone, and getting the death penalty,” Thomas said, while also prasiing Goodell for his brilliance from a marketing standpoint.
“I’m not sure if he realizes what he’s doing is brilliant, but what he’s doing is brilliant because he’s made the NFL relevant 365 [days] by having these outrageous, ridiculous witch hunts,” he said. “It’s made the game more popular than ever and it’s become so much more of an entertainment business and it’s making so much money… That’s why I’m sure there’s plenty of people saying this is embarrassing for the league. But it’s an entertainment business when it comes right down to it. When the game gets eyeballs in newspapers and on TV, that’s what in the end is the goal for everyone. And that’s what this controversy is giving them.”
Thomas doesn’t think Brady cheated, and thinks the league’s dumb rules are the issue here:
“If you want [quarterbacks] to play with a brand new football that comes out of the box, then make that the rule,” he said. “Who cares if they throw a football that has no air pressure? What does it matter? Why don’t we let the quarterbacks do whatever they want to the football? I don’t understand why there’s any rules.”