Thursday, July 30, 2015

NFL's Suspension of Tom Brady A Victory For Equal Rights

The National Football League issued a decision Tuesday to uphold a four game suspension which had previously been handed down to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for allegedly directing team personnel to deflate footballs to his liking prior to last year’s AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Tom Brady points out a football he considers to be overweight. (Photo by Keith Allison)
The NFL’s ruling regarding Tom Brady’s suspension is a bold one that sends a clear message to players and their families.  For many years, star athletes have been given preferential treatment and lenient punishments for committing violent, prejudiced, or demeaning acts.  In the case of Tom Brady’s recent suspension, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has finally put his foot down and taken a necessary and groundbreaking stand in favor of a group that has long been ostracized and belittled, and whose members are constantly treated like objects:  Footballs.