Richard Sherman backs Brady: 'He shouldn't be punished so severely'
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman did a lot of trash talking in their Super Bowl loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, but he's seemingly moved on from that.
Now, Sherman has a bone to pick with Roger Goodell and the NFL.
With Brady's four-game suspension comes a loss of four game checks, costing him roughly $1.88 million dollars. That doesn't sit well with Sherman.
"You’re fining players more than you’re fining organizations?" Sherman told Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY Sports. "That should bring up some red flags. But nobody’s talking about that."
Sherman is obviously referring to Brady's loss of game checks in comparison to the Patriots being fined just $1 million. That clearly bothers the All-Pro cornerback, as it probably does many others.
"People are just so focused on, ‘Oh, that’s a huge fine for the organization,’" Sherman said.. "It’s not. A million dollars is peanuts to the Patriots, who will make [hundreds of] million dollars this year. Brady ... you take away four game checks, and you’re doing this to the organization."
To back up Sherman's point, in 2013, the Patriots had $428 million in revenue. Needless to say, $1 million isn't going to make a dent in a number that's sure to be close to that in 2015.
But for as much as Sherman is blasting the NFL for Brady's suspension and loss of money, he doesn't believe it will impact the season much. Others, however, see the loss of Brady for four games as pivotal for the Patriots' success.
"At the end of the day, it’s going to have minimal impact on the season, minimal impact on the rules," Sherman said. "So it’s just a minor annoyance, really."
In Sherman's last effort to back his rival quarterback, he contended that Brady wasn't the only one involved in the deflating of footballs. And because of that, he doesn't find it logical to punish Brady so harshly.
"It wasn’t just him," Sherman said of Brady's involvement. "There’s no way nobody else knows about it. So, he shouldn’t be punished so severely."
(h/t USA TODAY Sports)