Report: Bill Belichick suspected Tom Brady wasn’t being honest with him
A Boston Herald sportswriter recently stated he heard the only reason Robert Kraft accepted the punishment levied against the New England Patriots by the NFL in the wake of the Deflategate scandal stems from the notion that Bill Belichick suspected Tom Brady wasn’t being totally honest with him.
During an episode of “Sports Tonight,” CBS Boston’s Michael Felger floated the theory that neither Belichick nor Kraft never were certain Brady was being truthful with them about his alleged role in what spawned Deflategate. It was decided by Kraft after discussing it with Belichick that he would wave the proverbial white flag — albeit with a stated reluctance — and accept the punishment administered by the NFL on the Patriots.
The Herald’s Ron Borges, also appearing on the show, appeared to corroborate Felger’s theory by relaying that he heard Belichick never believed Brady from the get-go.
“Belichick never believed his story, from what I was told,” said Borges, via a CSNNE report. “Because they all know. Why do you think all those retired quarterbacks, the Troy Aikmans of the world — Troy Aikman is about as nice a guy as I’ve ever met in football — nobody’s backed [Brady]. Nobody, not a single guy. Why do you think that is? Because they hate Brady? No. Because they’re not stupid. They know nothing’s done with those balls that the quarterback doesn’t want done.”
Borges certainly is weaving a tangled web with this story, one that certainly could threaten to cripple the Patriots organization. Any whiff of distrust between Belichick and Brady could hamstring the near future of the Patriots once Brady’s fate is determined pending his appeal of his four-game suspension.
Speaking of Brady’s suspension, some have speculated that Kraft accepted the league’s $1 million fine as well as the loss of draft picks in 2016 and 2017. If Borges story is accurate — and Felger’s theory proves true — it was much more a demonstration of little faith in their Super Bowl-winning quarterback than it was an attempt to help him.
In the end, regardless of whether Brady’s suspension is upheld, reduced or wiped out entirely, no one likely will ever know the truth. And that’s what makes for a fantastic conspiracy theory.