I took a lot of crap for that article, but since that time:
- We've read the (ridiculous) Wells Report.
- We saw Robert Kraft accept penalties in the hopes of sparing Tom Brady.
- We watched in awe as Roger Goodell absurdly heard an appeal of his own decision.
- We've seen Tom Brady take the NFL to court to clear his name and get his 4-game suspension nullified.
- The 40-page decision picks apart the N.F.L.’s case, finding a number of faults and reflecting Berman’s skepticism in recent court hearings.
- Berman said Brady could not be suspended for “general awareness” of others’ conduct, as an N.F.L. investigative report determined.
- “Brady had no notice that such conduct was prohibited or any reasonable certainty of potential discipline stemming from such conduct,’’ the judge wrote.
Forgetting the legal aspects of the ruling, the fact is that the judge poked holes in the Wells Report, repeatedly citing misinformation and inconsistencies. The truth remains that this whole story would never have gotten any traction if it hadn't been about the New England Patriots, of whom the other teams and fans are jealous, and it should not have marred the celebration of the team's fourth Super Bowl victory.
I hope that the story ends here, but I believe that Goodell will not let it rest, preferring to take down the best team, and one of the best players, in the league he purports to represent. Whatever he does makes no matter to me as I bask in the vindication of my favorite football player. I guess we should now call it Vindicategate.