Opinions about Tom Brady’s suspension differ across WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some say the four game suspension given to Tom Brady isn’t enough. Others say it’s about time. But unlike the air in Tom Brady’s footballs, when it comes to western New York’s opinions about the QB’s suspension, there is no shortage.

When news of Brady’s suspension hit the airwaves and social media Monday afternoon, opinions were aplenty, especially from western New York.

“I think that it wasn’t proven. There wasn’t 100 percent facts in line,” said Pats fan Alyssa Berst, of New Bedford, Mass. “So, it is what it is. He’s a team player. He’s taking it for the team. He’s done it in the past. He’s a standup guy and I still stick up for him and I think at the end of the day, the Pats are going to win without him because they’re a good team.”

There is plenty of dislike from Buffalo fans for the five-time Super Bowl champion Brady, who apparently likes his footballs a little under the league’s inflation standard.

I think he got what he deserved,” said Joe Denecke, of Buffalo. “I thought it should have been five games because it it would have been anybody else, it would have been half the season.”

The league suspended Brady for four games, fined the Patriots $1 million and docked the team two draft picks, in 2016 and 2017. The suspension was handed down after an investigation into the matter wrapped up last week.

“It’s about time,” said Kevin Whalen, of Lockport. “They’ve been flirting with this for awhile now and he had to serve some sort of penalty some time, so I think it’s more of the arrogance that he’s been kind of walking around with.”

One person News 4 spoke to at least partly blames the NFL for allowing the situation to happen in the first place. “You’re breaking a rule, but it’s a stupid rule to break,” said Dan Cleffi, of Buffalo, “I think the NFL put themselves in a position where they would allow this to happen by allowing quarterbacks and teams to supply their own balls as opposed to having one standard.”

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