Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Yesterday, the National Football League its judgement in the infamous deflate-gate matter. The league officials handed down it's punishment to the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady.
We citizens of Patriot Nation are profoundly disappointed in the outcome. The NFL has suspended Brady for four games in the 2015 season. It also fined the team owner one million dollars, a first round draft pick in the 2016 draft, and a fourth round draft pick in the 2017 draft.
I find this state of affairs troubling for several reasons. First, the investigation uncovered no evidence connecting Brady to the deflated footballs at issue. Next, in it's own report, the NFL explicitly stated that neither the team ownership nor the team coaches had any knowledge of the deflated footballs. Finally, the incriminating text messages sent by equipment managers upon which much of the NFL's decision was based were sent months before the AFL Conference Championship Game at which the so called deflated footballs were found.
If the team ownership and the coaches had no knowledge of the offense, in effect, were not guilty of anything according to the League's own investigation, how is it just that they be penalized with a huge fine and a loss of draft picks?
The League's investigation report alleges that Tom Brady was probably, generally aware of the practice of deflating game balls, hence he was culpable. Brady denies any wrongdoing and is planning to appeal.
It seems to me that as long as human beings are involved in the dispensing of "Justice," there WILL BE MISTAKES made! Humans are flawed creations and mistakes are inevitable. A brief journey through prior court cases will produce more than enough evidence to support my thesis.
Fortunately, or in some cases unfortunately, God is always just. His judgements are ALWAYS right. God does not make mistakes. Everyone who has lived and everyone who is currently living will experience either God's justice or will experience God's mercy.
Fortunately, we get to choose which we will experience. The choice is yours. Please think about it and choose wisely!