Tom Brady may be tangled in the Deflategate issue, but he certainly has Richard Sherman’s back.
Speaking with USA Today, Sherman emphasized that Brady’s fine (of missing four games – roughly $2 million in lost game checks) is inappropriate.
“You’re fining players more than you’re fining organizations?” Sherman said. “That should bring up some red flags. But nobody’s talking about that.”
The New England Patriots have been imposed with a $1 million fine (in addition to loss of two draft picks, including a first-rounder in 2016) – something that Sherman says doesn’t sit right – when Brady was charged on May 11. It is one of heftiest fines in the history of the National Football League (NFL), and what Sherman says is not enough.
‘A million dollars is peanuts to the Patriots’
“People are just so focused on, ‘Oh, that’s a huge fine for the organization,’ It’s not,” Sherman said. “A million dollars is peanuts to the Patriots, who will make (hundreds of) million dollars this year.”
However, Sherman didn’t say that Brady wasn’t culpable of any potential wrongdoing in the incident with the deflated footballs.
The Seahawks corner also spoke about the unfairness of the system against its own players. He talked about the fine of $500,000 that was levied against Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for a misdemeanor DUI case last year.
“Last year, [Colts owner] Jim Irsay got fined what, 500 grand? Owners can only be fined so much. There’s a cap,” Sherman said. “And Brady gets fined ($1.88 million). Whether the crimes are the same or not, a suspension is a suspension, a fine is a fine. Game checks.”
‘There’s no way nobody else knows about it’
Along with Brady, assistant equipment manager John Jastremski and Jim McNally, a game-day locker room attendant, were also deemed blameful. They have been suspended from the team.
“It wasn’t just [Brady],” Sherman said. “There’s no way nobody else knows about it. So, he shouldn’t be punished so severely.”
According to CBS Sports, Sherman voiced his opinion against the Deflategate issue in January, saying that it would come as a shock if Roger Goodell penalized the Patriots and Robert Kraft, his good friend.
“At the end of the day, it’s going to have minimal impact on the season, minimal impact on the rules,” Sherman said. “So it’s just a minor annoyance, really.”
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