So Donald Trump is a Patriots fan. The republican presidential hopeful lauded his relationship with Tom Brady, the New England Patriots star QB, and lashed out at the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell for suspending Brady over allegations of cheating.
Writes ProFootballTalk.com on Aug. 22: “If we’re learned nothing else from this presidential campaign, we’ve learned that Donald Trump is a great self-promoter. And so it should come as no surprise that Trump has figured out a way to get his name in the news by discussing Deflategate.”
“I think it’s ridiculous the way they’ve treated him,” Trump said of Brady. “He’s a friend of mine, he’s a great friend of mine, he’s a great guy, and I think it’s ridiculous the way they’ve treated him. To spend $10 million in legal fees, and now it’s probably higher than that, it’s crazy. He’s a great star. They ought to go back to playing football. This country has bigger problems.”
In May, the NFL announced a four-game suspension of Brady – without pay – for his involvement, based on “substantial and credible evidence,” that Brady was behind the deflating of game balls used in the AFC Championship game. As an organization, the Patriots were also fined $1 million and lost their first round pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Brady appealed the ruling internally, through the NFL Players Association, and lost. A federal lawsuit was since filed against the NFL, the outcome of which has yet to be announced.
Trump condemned it all, but like any good politician, contradicted himself by earlier encouraging Brady to “sue the hell out of the NFL.”
“If I were Tom Brady, I’d sue the hell out of the NFL for defamation. $250 million. Sue ’em Tom, they’ll settle so fast, your head will spin,” he said in an Instagram post three months ago.
In May, Trump also used the hullabaloo to rip into democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. “They had no definitive proof against Tom Brady or #patriots. If Hillary doesn’t have to produce Emails, why should Tom? Very unfair!” he tweeted. This from the same guy who would tell the Pope that ISIS is after him.
Interestingly, in the late 80s Trump considered purchasing the Patriots. According to Boston.com, the billionaire businessman had discussions with the then-ownership group of the Pats about buying the team. But his financial advisors told Trump – incorrectly as it turns out – that it would be a bad investment.
“Donald had a real interest and he felt the Sullivan family was honorable in their dealings with him,” a source close to Trump told The Boston Globe. “But his people told him between the team and the stadium there was $104 million in debt, and that was too much for him to handle.”
Instead, Victor Kiam bought the franchise for $85 million; six years later the Kraft family purchased the team, which is now worth over $2.6 billion, according to a 2014 Bleacher Report.
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