Deflategate is a foolish word, made to describe the foolish actions of New England Patriot’s quarterback, Tom Brady. A recent investigation has shown that the quarterback not only knew about the case of the deflated footballs his team was accused of late last year, but he also directed the individuals who perpetrated the act. Brady held a long press conference in which he basically lied about his involvement in the case, while throwing the men he appointed to commit the acts under the bus, many felt he was being dishonest based on the fact that the quarterback is in charge of making sure the football is in playing condition. I am not surprised at the actions of Brady or the Patriots, as this is just one offense in a long list of indiscretions by the team. The Patriots have cheated before by filming the practice routines of other teams, the fact that they cheated again makes it seems as though they really have no remorse for getting caught, and no regard for the integrity of the game. The penalties have been handed down for the team’s involvement in these despicable acts, and in my opinion the punishment amounts to nothing more than a slap on the wrist. This billion plus dollar team has been fined one million dollars, and Tom Brady has been suspended for four games, the team also loses a couple of draft picks in the next two year. The fine that the team has to pay is a joke, Tom Brady, who is suspended without pay makes about 500,000 per game, so the team ends up making money on this punishment. Another issue I have with the “punishment” is how the team will lose draft picks, the only people hurt by this penalty are draft prospects, since one player will make substantially less money than he would have if all 32 teams picked in the first round. Overall I think the NFL dropped the ball on this punishment, and as a football fan, I just hope the NFL will be a bit more strict on repeat offenders in the future.
I have always wondered why people cheat, and I am not referring to relationships, but to other ethical situations. As a child I was always taught that cheaters never win, and that cheating is done for instant gratification, but I have since learned that cheating is no “short game.” Cheating is much like lying in a sense, and I guess it can be referred to as another form of lying. Cheating is not a one time decision, when a person decides to cheat they must then make provisions for the future of their deceitful endeavors. As an example, a person who cheats on an entrance exam must figure out a way to continue to cheat in order to keep up the charade of being a successful student, as well as find ways to keep others in the dark about their actions. In my opinion, cheating is as difficult as actually getting the work done, and individuals who cheat will always be in fear of getting caught. People who cheat do it because they cannot live without believing they have succeeded. These individuals have basically given up on trying to hone a skill or reach a goal, and have found a way to get past the difficulty of a task without doing the work. Cheating is the ultimate level of self gratification, when someone cheats, they are basically saying “I don’t care about anything or anyone as long as I get recognition.” Many famous individuals have been caught cheating and the first thing they do is apologize to the public and their families, while I consider myself the forgiving type, there is always a part of me that believes no cheater is ever really sorry. Cheating has become something that is seen as a spur of the moment thing, but cheating is and has always been a long term heavily thought out action. Individuals who involve themselves in cheating never plan to apologize, because they plan to never get caught. The best thing anyone can do is just work hard, and use their gifts wisely, cheating causes more problems than it’s worth.