Is Tom Brady really going to follow Richard Nixon?

When you are accused of a crime you have several options. You can:

  1. Prove that you are innocent or that your accusers have no evidence.
  2. Confess, say you’re sorry and that you were either temporarily insane or got a lot of very bad advice.
  3. Act outraged at being accused and offer no defense or contrition.

Obviously the third option is not really a choice – unless you’re as stupid as Richard Nixon. Simply saying that the accusations are ridiculous and you would never do such a thing, will not do. Ask Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds. America wants to give you a second chance.  Colin Powell would have had a political career if he had confessed to be being used by the corrupt Bush administration. Resigning would have been the best choice but skulking away and saying not much of anything killed him. He no longer exists.

Michael Vick wrote the book on this – his crimes were too horrible to even read about (especially if you’re a dog lover) but his persistent sincere contrition won him redemption and many millions of dollars. Joe Paterno could have saved himself, but instead he said (in effect) -“It wasn’t my job”.  Pete Rose would be in the hall of fame long ago if he had hired Vick’s agent.

Imagine the 1968 election if President Johnson had said “I have no idea what I was thinking, I’m sorry (for the whole Vietnam mess). If elected I will devote the next four years to getting us out.” After accounting for his civil rights accomplishments, he would be seen as one of our greatest Presidents.

If Brady confesses and apologizes he might still save his reputation. Can someone tell him to call Michael Vick?

One thought on “Is Tom Brady really going to follow Richard Nixon?”

  1. Brady recognizes the simple truth of sports: as long as he wins the home fans will love him and everyone else be damned. Sure we have started to erode this- you can’t get caught beating your wife, you can’t get caught driving drunk and, maybe, sort of you can’t use PEDs. But the New England fans don’t care about the air in the ball as they continue to pump air into Tom’s ego. So, he has appealed, the suspension will be reduced to 2 games from 4, and Tom will continue to get boos on the road and cheers at home. Nothing will have changed. Except that is for one thing: the advanced he will receive for his post-retirement “tell-all” book just passed $10 million!

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