Wednesday, May 13, 2015
WHY TOM BRADY 'LIED'
No country in the world has better armchair quarterbacks than the United States. If it were
an Olympic sport, the red, white, and blue would sweep the medals. Everybody knows everything
and if we don't, we just make it up.
If an issue comes up concerning gay marriage and homosexuality becomes "trending", people
drop the, "well, the Bible says..." as if they are so well-versed in it, they could be giving the
gospel at the Vatican and have you believe they were rubbing elbows with Jesus at the Last
And if those armchair quarterbacks or other so-called 'experts', feel they are lied to by
people they don't know or much less even met, then it becomes "hell hath no fury like the
self-righteous scorned." They take it as a personal affront and act is if the person who 'lied'
to them, even though they don't know them, can no longer be trusted.
The Tom Brady-DeflateGate scandal is a perfect example of this. In his initial press conference
just days after the AFC Championship where the Patriots were accused of deflating their balls,
Brady met the media in an event that was broadcast to most of the nation. Good, Lord, if
Showtime was smart enough to acquire the rights, they could have made it pay-per-view
and ripped the world off just like they did with the Pacquio-Mayweather fight.
Brady answered all the ridiculous questions from the experts in the media, many of whom
came with the sole purpose of catching the golden boy quarterback in a lie so they could
hopefully, become "trending" and appear on another blowhard talk show that most people
rely on for their information.
Almost as soon as the press conference ended, a lot of people felt that Brady was less
than truthful in his explanation of deflated balls. Mark Brunell of ESPN was all but
crying like a petulant child who didn't get a lego set for his birthday, saying Brady
wasn't telling the truth. Many armchair quarterbacks in the Boston media weren't
convinced of Brady's story. I'm surprised nobody in the world of 24-hour channels
didn't call in body language experts to determine if Brady was telling the truth.
First of all, Brady didn't owe anything to the media and he wasn't under oath. Secondly,
the Super Bowl was less than two weeks away. Why in the world would people expect
Brady to say, "Yes, I like my balls deflated and ordered a code red! I told the ball boys
to DO YOUR JOB. I mean, that's what Belichick says everyday, right?"
Why was Brady required to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
If that's the case, let's rewind the press conferences of every president of the United
States over the last 30 years.
If Brady admitted he doctored the balls, as most armchair quarterbacks said he should've
done after the fact, what kind of chaos do you think would've ensued during Super Bowl
Do you think Brady wanted his teammates to have to endure two weeks leading up
to the big game being asked about deflated balls, cheating, and Brady's character?
The Patriots are the most mentally tough team on the planet, but if Brady admitted to
deflating balls right then and there, they would've folded like, um, say, the New York
Jets under pressure. The last thing he was going to do was give the media and the
rest of society chum to feed on leading up to the Super Bowl. It would've been
a frenzy of epic proportions.
We live in a world of 'gotcha journalism' where people in the media are so desperate
to make a name for themselves and have a goal of becoming famous on Twitter, they'll
do just about anything to catch people in a lie so they can say, "You, sir, are a liar."
That was the case with Nick Saban back in 2005 when he was coaching the Miami Dolphins.
The University of Alabama was looking for a head coach and naturally, Saban emerged
as a candidate.
After weeks and weeks of being asked if he was going to be the head coach at Alabama,
Saban finally said, "No, I'm not going to be the head coach at Alabama."
Did the media want Saban to say, while under contract to the Dolphins and not to
Alabama, to say, "Yes, I'm going to be the head coach at Alabama." It would've been
mutiny in Miami and there would be no way the players on the team would play for a
guy who was leaving. The players would've mailed it in faster than FedEx.
Yes, there are times when a person has to lie for the sake, not himself, but for the
players, team, and company. That's just the way it is. Saban got tagged as a liar
and suddenly he was a person of ill-repute and shadiness.
When reporters asked the president if he planned on attacking Iraq, do you think he
should've said, "Yes, we are going to bomb Iraq off the planet tomorrow morning
at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and you better get your popcorn ready because it's
going to be a show."
Sometimes leaders can't spill the whole truth, got it?
Brady said he didn't know the locker room attendants, which is a stretch, but why
in the world would he out those guys? Then he'd be called a sell-out and throwing
others under the bus. These guys are paid hourly to do grunt work. Perhaps, Brady
didn't want to have their names exposed. Is that wrong?
And remember, this was days after the accusations came out. Brady was lawyered
up and told what and what not to say.
Soon after the Wells report was released, the armchair quarterbacks came out in full
force. Many of them saying that Brady should've have just told the truth right then
and there and everybody would've forgiven him. They said he should've just admitted
his mistake and involvement and moved on. They say he handled the press conference
They say he lied.
Brady doesn't owe anybody anything in a press conference. Does the leader of a company?
The president of the United States? Has Roger Goodell been truthful about everything
with the media.
People lie all the time in business. If you lie in negotiations are you a crook, especially
when you get a great deal for the company? Right, everybody is honest in brokering a deal.
The president of the United State 'lies' in a press conference to try to protect the best
interests of the country.
Tom Brady 'lied' in his press conference to protect the best interests of the Patriots.
So, what? If he didn't and the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, the armchair quarterbacks
would've said, Brady caused a huge distraction and it was all his fault.