Unless there was a sticker malfunction on Tom Brady’s helmet — maybe that’s what the scissors were for? — it appears TB12 staged a silent protest against the NFL prior to his four-game Deflategate suspension.

As Twitter user @Pennzoil90 pointed out in a tweet at 98.5 The Sports Hub, the NFL shield decal was apparently missing from the Patriots quarterback’s helmet Thursday night during New England’s preseason game against the New York Giants.

And this wasn’t the first time, either. If you look at this photo of Brady holding his helmet prior to New England’s third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, the spot where the decal usually is was empty.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Coincidence? Probably not.

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