Such is the bizarre alternate reality that is Deflategate.
Cromartie became the most recent New England Patriots nemesis to take Brady’s side Thursday morning. During an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” the outspoken New York Jets cornerback said he strongly disagrees with Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension.
?I don?t think he should be suspended,” Cromartie said. “In the rulebook, there?s no suspension in the rules. There?s only a $25,000 fine. So I don?t see how you can try to lay the hammer down on someone when the rule states for itself there?s no suspension for it. There?s only a maximum fine for $25,000.”
Cromartie wasn’t done, accusing Goodell of bending the rulebook to target the Patriots.
“Are we trying to go back to the Spygate and get more from that?” he said. “Or are we just leading back to us, saying ?Well, I have full control of everything. I made the rules as it goes, rather than follow the rules of what?s already been written.'”
Yes, these comments are coming from a member of the Jets, a player who once ripped Brady using language not suitable for young ears. Cromartie had plenty more vitriol for the NFL commissioner, though.
“Nobody?s safe,” Cromartie said. ?Nobody?s safe no matter who you are. Roger is going to do what he wants to do. It don?t matter what the rules say. He?s going to make his own rules as he goes. And it shouldn?t be like that.”
Check out all of Cromartie’s comments in the video below.
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