Tom Brady is a brilliant quarterback. He’s played in six Super Bowls and won four of them. Those are legendary numbers.
But now people think he’s a liar and a cheat.
Well, some people do, but not everyone.
“See, I don’t think he’s a cheat,” Hall of Fame quarterback and Seahawks radio analyst Warren Moon said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I think he’s just trying to push the envelope and just trying to get an advantage. Every quarterback has the opportunity to try and make the balls the way they want them to be. I don’t think taking a pound of pressure out of a football makes you that much of a cheater, but that is the rule and you got to go by the rules – and he broke the rule if he’s guilty of doing this.
“It’s too bad he just didn’t be more forthcoming in the beginning when they first asked him about it,” Moon continued. “If he would have said ‘Yeah, we let some air out of the ball, I think he would have got a $25,000 fine and this whole thing would have been over with. But I think because he denied it and all this information has come out now because of this investigation by Ted Wells and his crew, and they weren’t forthcoming with the investigation, I think that just added on to it.”
But why do athletes typically lie when confronted or accused of wrongdoing? We’ve seen it with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and dozens of other high-profile athletes. Why not just admit the truth?
“Well, I don’t think anybody ever wants to admit that they did anything wrong,” Moon said. “You’re talking about athletes that have the highest of egos, and they don’t ever want to admit that they had to do something extra to make themselves better. That has a lot to do with it. And once you start lying, you have to continue to keep lying because they just seem to catch up with you. At some point, when they’ve got you dead to rights, that’s when you come clean and ask for forgiveness. But I think every player is going to try and do that until somebody has him dead to rights or has a smoking gun.”
Ted Wells, to be fair, didn’t have a smoking gun – which is why the Patriots are poking holes in his report and attacking his credibility. Moon, however, feels the Patriots should be mad at Brady, not Wells.
“Of course the Patriots are going to come down hard on (Wells) because of his history with the NFL and some of the other cases that he’s investigated,” Moon said. “Of course they’re going to think it’s a personal thing. I think if Tom would have given over his text messages and his electronic information, if there wasn’t nothing there, that would have squashed a lot of this. But because he didn’t, that made it even more (likely) that there was some guilt there. So I think Tom had a whole lot to do with this thing becoming as big as it became because he didn’t give up the information. He didn’t really cooperate with the investigation the way he should have, and that made it worse. That makes it all open to speculation. And even though it’s all circumstantial evidence, it’s pretty strong circumstantial evidence. You look at Aaron Hernandez. All the information on him was circumstantial, but it was enough to make him guilty and he’s going to prison for the rest of his life. So even though it’s circumstantial, that doesn’t always mean it’s not enough evidence there to show that you might be guilty.”