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Despite suspension, Tom Brady is eligible for the Pro Bowl

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 09: A fan of Tom Brady of the New England Patriots looks on in the first quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL justified Tom Brady’s #DeflateGate suspension in part by comparing it to a PED suspension. On Thursday, the league unveiled one major difference: Brady’s suspension doesn’t disqualify him from participating in the Pro Bowl.

Players suspended for PED use are automatically blocked from the Pro Bowl. Brady, who was suspended for his alleged role in an alleged scheme to allegedly deflate footballs, continues to be eligible.

Voting is now open at NFL.com. This year, the game will be played in Orlando, with a return to the AFC vs. NFC format.

Whether or not Brady is voted to the Pro Bowl (he probably will be) or whether he would show up (he surely won’t), the mere fact that he’s eligible represents a curious incongruity, given the league’s reliance on the PED policy in explaining the decision to suspend Brady for four games.

Then again, having him on the ballot will generate plenty of clicks and, in turn, revenue as Patriots fans flood NFL.com for the purposes of voting for Brady.

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45 Responses to “Despite suspension, Tom Brady is eligible for the Pro Bowl”
  1. sportmigos says: Oct 13, 2016 3:19 PM

    they still have the pro bowl

  2. justbegbaby says: Oct 13, 2016 3:23 PM

    What the heck? Why is Goodell being so nice? Be careful Darling Tom, he is setting you up again!

  3. whispersd says: Oct 13, 2016 3:24 PM

    Anybody know of a way to vote for Brady without helping the NFL revenue stream?

  4. mannyiac says: Oct 13, 2016 3:27 PM

    Sorry,Brady will be busy getting ready for the Super Bowl.

  5. pittsburghdamned says: Oct 13, 2016 3:30 PM

    Sad.

    His legacy is forever tainted.

  6. laserw says: Oct 13, 2016 3:36 PM

    Why shouldn’t he be eligible.

    In NASCAR you can be injured and special rules can be made up to allow you to run in the chase that you never qualified for and then win the Sham-pionship in a vehicle that the team cheated the rules to win.

    The NFL may be many things, but its ethics are superior to the joke that NASCAR has become.

    BTW – in 2013 Chevrolet raced a car it never sold to the public for almost the entire year – every victory counted despite the fact that it was breaking the rules every race it raced. Not one Chevrolet SS was sold to the public in 2013 until the last week of October when one was sold.

    So I rest my case on whining fools about the NFL when NASCAR is run by the redneck mafia that supports Hendrick Motorsports Mafia and the disgusting cheaters at Joe Gibbs Racing (and I was a fan of his when he was a Redskins’ coach). The two named sports are the teams that win and the teams most often snagged for violating the rules and they do it repeated – Jimmy Johnson being caught and penalized 14 times and he has never won a Sham-pionship without violating the rules.

  7. weepingjebus says: Oct 13, 2016 3:36 PM

    Too little, too late. Fire Goodell or say good bye to your ad revenue. These terms are nonnegotiable.

  8. pastabelly says: Oct 13, 2016 3:42 PM

    Hopefully, the fans recognize him and vote him in with the highest number of votes anybody gets. He doesn’t play in Pro Bowls. He’ll either be preparing for his seventh Super Bowl or playing golf.

  9. TB12RALLYCRY says: Oct 13, 2016 3:44 PM

    He will be practicing for the Super Bowl and his post game interview………” We are more probable then not .the Champions of the NFL”….As Goodell hands him the trophy…………

  10. fireroger says: Oct 13, 2016 3:50 PM

    No more than Big Ben.

    Unproven ball deflation vs unproven rap3.

    Just sayin.

  11. magnumpimustache says: Oct 13, 2016 3:50 PM

    The pro bowl…….who watches that game?

    These are last years pro bowl QB’s?

    Teddy Bridgewater
    Tyrod Talyor
    Jameis Winston
    Derek Carr

    I’m glad I missed it. (again)

  12. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 13, 2016 3:54 PM

    He won’t play even if voted in.

  13. saints737 says: Oct 13, 2016 3:55 PM

    I don’t know why you keep saying “allegedly.”

    He did it. He cheated and it was proven as evidenced by his suspension and Brady’s desire to accept it.

    No more alleged.

  14. jjb0811 says: Oct 13, 2016 4:08 PM

    Voting for the pro bowl 1 month in, lame.

  15. infectorman says: Oct 13, 2016 4:29 PM

    as if…

  16. dwoofer says: Oct 13, 2016 4:42 PM

    Best 5-to-7 yard passer in NFL history… wake me when it’s over

  17. asparatame says: Oct 13, 2016 4:45 PM

    He shouldn’t be.

    But then again, the presidential front runner should be getting fitted for a horizontal white and black striped pantsuit with a 7 digit number on the chest, but she isn’t.

    So whatever.

  18. finfansince68 says: Oct 13, 2016 4:46 PM

    You think Tom is thinking about a Pro Bowl?
    NO WAY – Hopefully he’s thinking about smashing the Super Bowl LI Trophy over Goodells big head after him & Belichick sew up their 5th SB ring together!
    ….oh well it’ll be nice to know the AFC East is home to 1 great team…2 good teams & my South
    Florida Dumpster Fire!!

  19. Staticphear says: Oct 13, 2016 5:10 PM

    If you don’t play in the Pro Bowl, you shouldn’t be labeled as a Pro-Bowl player. Unless you are in the Super Bowl or just had surgery, so none of this I am afraid to hurt crap.

    If you are too lazy to play you are NOT a pro-bowl player.

  20. veddermn8 says: Oct 13, 2016 5:20 PM

    dwoofer says:
    Oct 13, 2016 4:42 PM

    Best 5-to-7 yard passer in NFL history… wake me when it’s over
    ………

    You forgot greatest 4th qtr playoff QB ever with the most 4th qtr playoff comebacks of all time.

  21. jag1959 says: Oct 13, 2016 6:11 PM

    jag1959 says:
    Oct 13, 2016 5:16 PM
    saints737 says:
    Oct 13, 2016 3:55 PM

    He did it. He cheated and it was proven as evidenced by his suspension and Brady’s desire to accept it.
    __________________

    The only thing the league proved was they would go to any lengths, including having the commissioner get caught in documented outright lies, to gain the legal precedents the Brady/Peterson decisions gave them. Look no further for proof than the way they abused those precedents to compel the AJ 4 to do interviews. Wake up, those cases were never about PSI or personal conduct.

    Brady certainly didn’t have any “desire to accept” his suspension. He desired to control when it would be served. ‘There are none so blind…’

  22. factpurveyor says: Oct 13, 2016 6:58 PM

    saints737 says:
    Oct 13, 2016 3:55 PM

    I don’t know why you keep saying “allegedly.”
    He did it. He cheated and it was proven as evidenced by his suspension and Brady’s

    —————————————————————-

    Contrary to what gullible duped dopes believe Tom Brady didn’t cheat!

    That’s what science says.

    That’s what scientists that understand the science say.

    That what intelligent people can figure out by noticing that the NFL is keeping the PSI information collected during the 2015 season secret.

    And that’s what is obvious by watching him play using footballs that were monitored by the NFL to ensure that they are properly inflated on numerous occasions.

  23. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Oct 13, 2016 7:19 PM

    “Brady’s suspension doesn’t disqualify him from participating in the Pro Bowl.”

    That’s OK. His play in cold weather games with fully inflated footballs will probably do that.

  24. factpurveyor says: Oct 13, 2016 7:51 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Oct 13, 2016 7:19 PM

    That’s OK. His play in cold weather games with fully inflated footballs will probably do that.

    —————————————————————
    Science says that all football deflate when taken outside when its cold out. The NFL tested the footballs during several games during the 2015 season but refuses to release that information because it shows that Brady didn’t cheat.

    The NFL swapped out the footballs during the NFC Wild Card Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings during that season for that because the NFL knows this.

  25. jstamper3377 says: Oct 13, 2016 7:53 PM

    “Brady’s suspension doesn’t disqualify him from participating in the Pro Bowl.”

    That’s OK. His play in cold weather games with fully inflated footballs will probably do that.

    ————————————————————————-

    Thanks for illustrating once again the complete lack of knowledge (either willfuly or just based on stupidity) of the average Brady hater.

    Here’s a little fact to consider. All balls used in cold weather games become under inflated. It’s called the ideal gas law. Look it up. Either that, or pay attention to your low tire pressure light in your car some really cold morning in January.

  26. turtlehut says: Oct 13, 2016 8:47 PM

    I’m sure those guys in Boston can write a computer script to repeatedly vote for Tom Brady. As they say in New England – if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying

  27. ikeclanton says: Oct 13, 2016 9:16 PM

    Pencil him in now. For those who can’t accept and appreciate how good he is, call him whatever you want if it makes you feel better. It doesn’t change reality.

  28. ibillwt says: Oct 13, 2016 10:43 PM

    Winning Pro Bowls was PEDon’s specialty; Super Bowls were Tom’s.

  29. bubfu says: Oct 14, 2016 1:49 AM

    “Brady’s suspension doesn’t disqualify him from participating in the Pro Bowl.”

    That’s OK. His play in cold weather games with fully inflated footballs will probably do that.

    ———————————————

    You mean like all the games he’s played POST Deflategate where he actually won a 4th Super Bowl and then made it to yet another AFC Championship game last year and was second runner up for the league MVP? It’s ok, I’m sure this year those same properly inflated footballs with slow him down. Moron

  30. cb3313 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:45 AM

    pittsburghdamned says:
    Oct 13, 2016 3:30 PM

    Sad.

    His legacy is forever tainted.
    _______________________________________

    Can’t find anything on NFL.com or in official record books about “tainted”…Where you finding that?

    Ohhhhhhh, this is another Troll playing make believe. How cute. Yay Troll!

    Back here in reality…it is 20+ Years of NFL DOMINANCE and whimpering on a message board isn’t going to change that. Sad.

    Kiss The RingS!

  31. cb3313 says: Oct 14, 2016 7:50 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Oct 13, 2016 7:19 PM

    That’s OK. His play in cold weather games with fully inflated footballs will probably do that.
    _______________________________________

    Another of Roger’s willfully ignorant, science denying dupes EXPOSED! Thanks for checking in.

    20+ Years of NFL DOMINANCE and your whimpering on a message board won’t change it.

    Ahhhhahahahahahaha!

    Troll Lose Again!

  32. brwmstr says: Oct 14, 2016 8:59 AM

    This, in itself, PROVES (more probable than not) the NFL league office railroaded TB. Players are excluded from the ProBowl for PED violations because they are deemed to have cheated…. Well that is exactly what the league said when suspending TB. This allowing him to be eligible for the ProBowl is an admission from the league that they lied when suspending Brady.
    Oh and TB will be getting ready for his FIFTH Super Bowl victory….damn he’s running out of fingers!

  33. dsigrey says: Oct 14, 2016 9:51 AM

    He won’t be able to make it, he’ll be busy getting ready for the Super Bowl.

  34. veddermn8 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:27 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Oct 13, 2016 7:19 PM

    “Brady’s suspension doesn’t disqualify him from participating in the Pro Bowl.”

    That’s OK. His play in cold weather games with fully inflated footballs will probably do that.

    ……

    You do realize he has played his entire career in New England where, after mid October or so, every home game is cold. And yet he still has been more successful than any other QB in the NFL. And the NFL doesn’t certify any football is “fully inflated” during games, only that they are fully inflated at the start. After that, much depends on the weather.

  35. chippys lost binky says: Oct 14, 2016 11:40 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Oct 13, 2016 7:19 PM

    That’s OK. His play in cold weather games with fully inflated footballs will probably do that.
    ++++++++++++++++

    12’s, lmao

    You still mad bro?

  36. mark0226 says: Oct 14, 2016 2:35 PM

    He never plays in pro bowls anyway, so the point is moot.

  37. bushwoodcc says: Oct 14, 2016 3:14 PM

    saints737 says:
    Oct 13, 2016 3:55 PM
    I don’t know why you keep saying “allegedly.”

    He did it. He cheated and it was proven as evidenced by his suspension and Brady’s desire to accept it.

    No more alleged.

    _______________________________________

    Allegedly because it was never proven. The Wells report, even with the bogus science and manipulated data from Exponent, stated that they could not conclude with certainty that tampering even occurred.

    And numerous major colleges’ physics departments have come out stating that the deflation would have occurred naturally.

    Of course I doubt you’ll read this because you’ve most likely already placed your cranium back in its usual resting position inside your rectum.

  38. veddermn8 says: Oct 14, 2016 4:21 PM

    pittsburghdamned says:
    Oct 13, 2016 3:30 PM

    Sad.

    His legacy is forever tainted.
    ……..

    Yea Goodell is always going to have his numerous bungled investigations following him his whole career no matter how much money he makes the owners.

  39. limakey says: Oct 14, 2016 5:15 PM

    Ved, Brady is forever tainted because he got cheating and was the major benefactor of Spygate. He was caught cheating at his profession. You have been perfectly silent when it has been pointed out that Goodell saved your team in Spygate and prevented a congressional hearing from investigating the full extent of Spygate. He did not bungle Bountygate, it happened and it was proved. However, Paul T refused to make the players accountable and saved all his wrath for the coaches. Bullygate also happened. To insist it was unfair or bungled, you are just shaming the victim. With Ray Rice, for all the mistakes made, bottom line, he did not pick game day performance over a battered woman. Something both Pete and Paul did. They allowed the players to beat their spouses and did nothing. At least Goodell did something.

  40. factpurveyor says: Oct 15, 2016 3:00 PM

    limakey says:
    Oct 14, 2016 5:15 PM

    Goodell saved your team in Spygate and prevented a congressional hearing from investigating the full extent of Spygate.

    ————————————————————–
    If you believe that it is realistic that congress would hold hearings for a video camera being in the wrong location for a portion of a football then why would there not be any talk of congressional hearings for the NFL doing the following:

    • Lying about science in an effort to extort money from an NFL team. (million dollar fine)
    • Using the media as a weapon to spin a false story and smear a team.
    • Abusing the court system to perpetuate the fraud.
    • 56 documented NFL deflategate lies that were an effort to unfairly alter the competiveness of the NFL.
    • Defrauding the paying fans of the NFL by forcing Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season.
    • Cheating 2 talented college football players out of being drafted.
    • Keeping the PSI information from the 2015 season secret because it is evidence that would exonerate the Patriots.

  41. limakey says: Oct 15, 2016 5:20 PM

    Fact, you should know your facts before you post. Spygate was not over just one camera being in the wrong. Spygate covered multiple offenses, including an extra frequency that the Pats had, which gave their qb live feed through out the play. It cover multiple years of illegal intelligence gathered by the Pats. The fact that Goodell destroyed the evidence just has never sat right. And congress can call an investigation for anything it wants because of anti-trust laws. How do you think the baseball hearings came to be for MLB? College and high school ball players’ parents made those hearings happen because their children committed suicide because of steroids. You don’t think some senator and other powerful people were watching how deflategate turned out? The NFL has to answer to somebody—-cheating in sports is taken very seriously in this country.

  42. tedy54 says: Oct 15, 2016 6:14 PM

    Fact, you should know your facts before you post. Spygate was not over just one camera being in the wrong. Spygate covered multiple offenses, including an extra frequency that the Pats had, which gave their qb live feed through out the play.

    ——————————————————————–

    That was a joke, right? I laughed.

    If it wasn’t one, I apologize. It’s not nice to laugh at the certifiably insane.

  43. limakey says: Oct 15, 2016 7:03 PM

    tedy, itis true. The Pats got caught with an extra frequencyon their communications. They did not have a reasonable explaination for it. Google it and you will find it.

  44. factpurveyor says: Oct 16, 2016 10:41 AM

    Me thinks that someone has an extra frequency in their tin foil hat. Maybe the tin foil is picking up AM radio broadcasts.

    Maybe confused with the following:
    Miami Dolphins – “1985 an Assistant was accused of radioing conversations from other teams. Letter of reprimand issued from the league.”

    Cleveland Browns – “under NFL investigation for texting opposing play calls to the Browns sideline from the press booth.”

  45. limakey says: Oct 16, 2016 5:04 PM

    Fact, you need to look at your team. Nothing justifies cheating. Your team got got caught. That is a fact. Deal with it it.

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