Bob Kravitz, is among the first of those who attacked the Patriots with “deflategate” to come out and publicly apologize…not for breaking the story (which he certainly has the right to do), but for failing to make it clear that his opinions about Kraft, Belichick and Brady held ground only “IF” they were found guilty.
“I am a professional communicator, and as a professional communicator, I failed miserably there. I’m not one who blames the reader for a misunderstanding; it’s incumbent upon me, as a writer or broadcaster, to use my words wisely, whether in a column or a tweet. I have to wear that one. I own that one.”
But that wasn’t his apology. This was his apology.
“I would never call for Aaron Hernandez to get a life sentence before he got his day in court, and I did not mean to suggest that Belichick and the Patriots should be penalized before an investigation was complete. But that’s the way it came out, and for that, I apologize.”
Yes, you read that correctly. Kravitz is comparing the rights of the Patriots’ deflated football investigation with the rights of a man on trial for murder. In a strange way, his comparison mirrors the vicious attacks on Brady, Belichick, Kraft, and the image of the Patriots organization as a whole…not for wife beating. Or bounties on players. Or even murder. No, these attacks that lasted almost two weeks were for deflated footballs.
Yes, Belichick, Brady and Kraft had their heads on a media stick for deflated-freaking-footballs.
Footballs that didn’t even make a difference in the game. The same game where Brady played even better with regulation footballs.
You can read that article here.
As I sit here in utter disbelief after reading Mr. Kravitz’s article, only one question lingers in my mind. This question is for Bob Kravitz, Michael Rosenberg, and the many others who chose to tie Brady and Belichick at the stake before the facts and results of the investigation are concluded. This question is for ex NFL players like Jerry Rice who chose to throw in a match or two.
Why does the integrity of the NFL and the integrity of the game only matter to you most when it comes to the Patriots?
I’m being very serious, and not because I’m a Patriots fan, but because I feel the word integrity deserves better.
Do you all seriously believe that Tom Brady doesn’t work hard? Do you think he doesn’t study and plan and keep his body in the best condition possible? Do you think he lacks heart? What about the rest of the team? Do you think they are a joke? Do you really believe that everything they strive for is meaningless because of deflated footballs?
I’ve read comments in a previous post of how Patriots fans from other states were being attacked. I read a story about a young boy in Florida who wore his Tom Brady jersey to school only to be harassed and bullied to the point of tears.
“Deflategate” was on the Today show for crying out loud. Bill Nye the Science Guy was put on the air to give his opinion on the matter.
The “greatest football player of all time” publicly admits he cheated by using the banned substance, Stickum, in his career with Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. Where is the firestorm of media talking about asterisks and the integrity of the NFL? And this was the same man who publicly called out the Patriots for cheating and their lack of integrity.
On January 29th, 2015, Hugh Millen reveals that a coach…who has two Super Bowl wins…illegally installed custom made speakers into the helmets of offensive linemen so they could get instructions. They did this at every game, and supposedly, even in the Super Bowl.
Where was the media’s stance on integrity then?
I could go on and on about all the ways that many teams, coaches and players have bent or broke the rules in the NFL.
But when it’s the Patriots, suddenly it means something more. Suddenly, you all care about the integrity of the game.
If you really do care about integrity, then come down hard and demand the same for all throughout the NFL. Using one as a poster child because they win, does not define integrity.
And if anyone mentions to me that “spygate” is the reason the Patriots don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt or that their past Super Bowl wins are tainted, I will respond just as Jerry Rice…the greatest football player of all time who played for one of the greatest quarter backs of all time…responded in his use of the banned substance, Stickum:
Everyone was doing it. #equalplayingfield.
You don’t say anything about Jerry Rice’s integrity nor do you strip him of his title. Why? Because you know damn well that Stickum was not the reason Jerry Rice was the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game.
The Patriots have four Super Bowl titles for three reasons:
- Bill Belichick is the greatest NFL coach of his time…and, arguably, one of the greatest of all time.
- Tom Brady is one of the best quarter backs of all time.
- Every staff member and player who played a role in those four Super Bowl wins were a part of a Patriots team who prepared, worked hard and had more heart than any of you give them credit for.