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Ortiz on Deflategate drama: 'It's crazy'

by: Rob Bradford on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:44am

ATLANTA — Last May, David Ortiz was animated in his defense of Tom Brady when word came down the NFL had suspended the quarterback for four games.

“I think the decision was very poor,” the Red Sox DH said regarding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s initial mandate that Tom Brady miss the first four games of the 2015 season. “You’€™re not just talking about any football player. You’€™re talking about probably the best player in the game, so what is the message you’€™re sending? I don’€™t think the message they’€™re sending is good. They want to send a strong message to who? The NFL players? How about the fans. What we think of it doesn’t matter?”

Then on Monday, it happened all over again.

Brady once again was tagged with a four-game suspension after the NFL won its appeal of Judge Richard Berman’s ruling. And, like many New Englanders, Ortiz’s reaction was that of frustration … and exhaustion with the situation.

“It’s crazy,” Ortiz said after his team’s 1-0 win over the Braves. “It’s just surprising a year later talking about the same stuff.”

And then Ortiz dropped an apt description of what has unfolded.

“When you fight eggs with a rock, the eggs never win,” said Ortiz, referencing NFL’s stubbornness. “It’s crazy.”

For more on Brady’s situation, check the It Is What It Is blog.