Despite ample evidence that the NFL botched Deflategate, Commissioner Roger Goodell insists he got it right.
Asked by NBC’s Matt Lauer if he feels 100 percent certain that he got Deflategate right, Goodell answered immediately, “Yes.”
“We went through a very exhausting process with this. We had an independent investigation,” Goodell said.
Goodell said the fact that Tom Brady is a star player and the Patriots are one of the NFL’s most popular franchises has no bearing on his decision to suspend Brady for the first four games of the season.
“Every player, every team, is subject to the same rules. We don’t have rules for marquee players and we don’t have rules for marquee teams,” Goodell said.
Goodell’s rules (and an appeals court’s backing) led to Brady spending the first month of the season at home. Many disagree, but Goodell is certain he got it right.