Originally Posted by snowtrx
Consistency is a matter of opinion and I understand some see inconsistency in his dealing with the Pats. But why? This isnt about drugs or individuals, its about a franchise cheating.
When a team gets caught cheating in the late nineties, the NFL fines close to a million and a 3rd round pick per incident. Then immediately sweeps it under the rug and proclaims no competitive advantage was gained. When a team gets caught cheating in 2007, the NFL fines close to a million and a more damaging 1st round pick. Then immediately tries to sweep it under the rug and claim no competitive advantage was gained. How can the NFL be more consistent?
You would have a good point about consistency had Goodell been commissioner back in the 90's. It was a different time run by a different commissioner. You have to look at what action he has taken under his tenure so far. IIRC, Belichick is the only one who has violated league rules or policy and has escaped suspension.
And when you throw in the speculation that the reason Goodell swept this under the rug and slapped the wrist of the Patriots, is because he is close friends with Kraft, that makes it even more despicable.