Carson Palmer Talks Tom Brady Suspension — Does The Arizona Quarterback Believe Brady Is Guilty?
It appears that Carson Palmer had words in response to Tom Brady’s suspension.
There’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. While every football team has its lovers and haters, it appears that the Patriots are among those that fans believe have cheated their way to victories. The “Deflategate” conspiracy, the alleged accusation of Tom Brady tampering with regulation footballs, has seen quite a bit of media attention. As a result, Tom Brady has been suspended from play for four games.
Carson Palmer on Tom Brady: When you get busted, you suffer the consequences https://t.co/6malL8ptBj
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In a report by Washington Post, Arizona Cardinal quarterback Carson Palmer weighed in on Brady being suspended. Though many players seem to choose neutrality on the matter, Palmer had this to say about Tom Brady’s actions.
“If they tell you not to do it, and then you get busted and what happens, happens, then you suffer the consequences,” Palmer began. “I’m sure you guys (in New England) look at it a lot differently, but I know a lot of players around the league, just looking at it, I don’t know if you can feel too strongly one way or the other.”
Though Carson Palmer’s words seem lighthearted in response to being questioned about Brady, it appears certain that he stands on the side of the suspension being the proper course of action.
“I tried not to follow ‘Deflategate’ just because it was everywhere for so long,” Palmer said originally. “I go back, and you follow what the rule book says. You go about your business and your work.”
Still, Palmer continued and appeared to be heavily in favor of Brady’s alleged actions being properly investigated and handled by the National Football League.
“I felt like there was — supposedly the balls went somewhere where they weren’t supposed to go there. There was humidity, not enough humidity or altitude, whatever it was. I don’t know,” Palmer stated. “Whatever the league comes down upon, whatever ruling they make is what they make. You don’t have much of a decision after that. You can fight it for a little bit, but after a while, you’ve just got to abide by what they say.”
Is Carson Palmer wrong for having these comments? It stands to reason that the New England Patriots will take his words as an attempt at honorable play.
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) September 8, 2016
According to Boston Herald, report suggests that there will be players who will have a response for Palmer. Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison looked at it from his own point of view.
“Their team leader was attacked. It’s going to provide added motivation,” Harrison began. “It’s something among the players that will be discussed and quietly they will want to make Palmer pay for those comments.”
Teamwork among players could arguably be brought into question as a result of Carson Palmer openly discussing his stance on Tom Brady and the “Deflategate” controversy. Palmer may even be seen as attempting to back down from the strength of his words, as some would take his comments as straddling a fence.
Heath Evans, another former Patriots player, had this to say in regards to Palmer’s words.
“That being said, any time you spit in the Patriots’ face, which Carson somewhat did — even though I don’t think it was out of ill will, it was more out of ignorance, or getting caught up in the moment — the boys are going to take it and run with it.”
Only time will tell if Carson Palmer will speak on the matter again.
What do you think of Carson Palmer’s words? Do you believe that he was correct in what he thought about Tom Brady? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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