Patriots' Tom Brady, Robert Kraft get taste of justice system – ESPN
• Columnist for Fox Sports from 2010-2013• Columnist at the Kansas City Star for 16 years• ESPN.com Page 2 columnist from 2002 to 2006
Tom Brady and Robert Kraft now have an inkling of what it feels like to be poor and trapped inside our criminal justice system.
“I was wrong to put my faith in the league,” Kraft, the New England Patriots owner, complained Wednesday in reaction to the NFL upholding its four-game suspension of New England’s star quarterback for his alleged role in Deflategate.
Kraft’s net worth is $4.3 billion. He was educated at two of this country’s finest universities. His football team has won four Super Bowls, is the toast of American professional sports and has been led by an arrogant, combative coach who appears to push the rules envelope. But a four-game suspension to Brady is all that it took to break Kraft’s faith in a league that has been quite good to him.
“The decision handed down by the league yesterday is unfathomable to me,” Kraft objected.
What country has Kraft been living in? What he and Brady and Patriots fans have experienced during the past six months — a rigged system of investigation and punishment — is what poor people, particularly those of color, endure daily.
The difference being that the poor suffer real, life-altering consequences when the state or an institution pummels them. Brady and Kraft are fighting to maintain a fictional pristine image that Brady simply does not have. Poor people are often left fighting for their lives.
“Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game, both on and off the field,” Kraft blustered. “Yet, for reasons that I cannot comprehend, there are those in the league office who are more determined to prove that they were right rather than admit any culpability of their own or take any responsibility for the initiation of a process and ensuing investigation that was flawed.
“I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just.”
It’s always about doing what’s politically expedient, what will protect the people in power. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell chose to be sports’ top cop/discipline czar because the elite football media baited him into believing that clamping down on lawless players would be the key …Read More