Colts owner Jim Irsay and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti are the most vocal owners pushing the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his “probable” role in deflategate, according to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.
Sal Paolantonio spoke to San Diego’s “Mighty 1090″radio on Friday and talked about the two owners Goodell would anger the most by reducing Tom Brady’s suspension.
“[By reducing the suspension] you’re angering some of the hard-core owners out there,” said Paolantonio. “I know who they are and I‘m gonna name ‘em right now: Jim Irsay of the Colts. Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens and others in the AFC who believe the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly.”
It’s not surprising at all that the two teams who lost to the Patriots in the playoffs this year and have for many years publicly hated the Patriots would want Brady’s suspension to be upheld. Also, some rumors have circulated months ago that the Ravens and Colts worked together with the NFL in a sting operation to get the Pats in trouble. This makes that rumor look even more possible in my eyes. Aside from the obvious hate the Ravens and Colts have for the Patriots and Tom Brady, they both would love a four game advantage over the Patriots for the one or two seed because neither team wants to play in Foxboro in January. They are obviously banking on Jimmy Garoppolo losing more games than he could win.
Roger Goodell should see the agenda here by the Colts and Ravens, unless of course, he is and has been working with them against the Patriots in deflategate. The most likely route Goodell will take is either keeping the four game suspension or reducing it to two and letting Brady take it to court.
The Colts, who are at the forefront of getting the Patriots in trouble, really need to stop making that beat down, that’s coming on October 18, 2015 that much worse.