Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
The news of Tom Brady’s suspension and the additional punishment handed down by the NFL this afternoon spread like wildfire around the sports world. The reactions ran the gamut from outraged, to depressed, to unabashed and unadulterated bliss among those who believe the Patriots finally have received their comeuppance. Here were some of the best reactions from around the sports world as the news of the Patriots’ punishment made its rounds.
Needless to say, his teammates weren’t thrilled.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! SMH 😡 #PATSNATION STAND UP!!!!!— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) May 11, 2015
😡— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) May 11, 2015
The Cowboys and their fans, who don’t have to play Brady in Week 5 anymore, aren’t exactly complaining.
Patriots fans are so full of hot air right now. Which is ironic considering the situation.— Cowboys Nation (@CowboysNation) May 11, 2015
Neither are other players from around the league.
I think the suspension is warranted, they came down hard on the organization though. #Deflategate— Sean Weatherspoon (@SeanWSpoon56) May 11, 2015
Shockingly, some were supportive, and they come from a team that has had Brady’s number over the years.
Eli Manning calls Tom Brady a friend, adds: "Any time you lose a starting QB for 4 games + draft picks, it's a pretty big statement."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) May 11, 2015
Eli Manning on punishment for Tom Brady: "In no way am I glad to see this happen."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) May 11, 2015
Eli Manning: "Obviously the NFL is serious about not messing with the integrity of their game no matter how big or little the issue is."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) May 11, 2015
Tom Brady suspended 4 games.... That's just ridiculous. They are comparing it to steroid use. Preposterous! What are your thoughts?— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) May 11, 2015
Sports pundits and personalities from across the country weighed in on the matter – discussing its ramifications from every possible perspective.
If Tom Brady’s suspension holds, he’ll return against the Colts in Week 6 on Oct. 18. I’ll probably watch that game.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 11, 2015
If Brady misses 4 games without pay; it will cost him $1,882,352.00— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) May 11, 2015
Troy Vincent cited Patriots' involvement in '07 #spygate as factor in punishment. "This prior violation of competitive rules" was considered— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) May 11, 2015
I'm going to miss Tom Brady's championship pedigree for those 4 games, he's the reason I watch the Patriots every Sunday!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2015
Tom Brady's season deflated by 25%.— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) May 11, 2015
Even Donald Trump gave his two cents on the matter.
They had no definitive proof against Tom Brady or #patriots. If Hillary doesn't have to produce Emails, why should Tom? Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2015
One thing is for sure, the NFL knows how to generate headlines even when meaningful football games are still a few months away.