The NFL announced Monday that Tom Brady would be suspended four games stemming from the "deflategate" scandal, and Twitter came alive with reaction, including takes from professional athletes and celebrities.
Some said they thought the four-game suspension was too harsh. Others said the punishment was just. And then there were those who cracked jokes.
Brady’s teammates were not pleased.
¿¿¿¿— Chandler Jones (@Chan95Jones) May 11, 2015
@Chan95Jones feeling is mutual.— Andre Carter (@mr_carter93) May 11, 2015
.....¿¿¿¿— Dont'a Hightower (@zeus30hightower) May 11, 2015
Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who is also suspended for the first game of the season on a separate violation, also shared his outrage over the Brady decision.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! SMH ¿¿¿¿ #PATSNATION STAND UP!!!!!— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) May 11, 2015
Patriots safety Patrick Chung also tweeted, but his message contained an expletive.
As it stands now, Brady will be eligible to return in Week 6 -- includes Week 4 bye -- when he will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts -- the team that "deflategate" occurred against during the AFC championship. The irony was not lost on Colts players.
October 18th will be quite a day here in Indy— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) May 11, 2015
Wowwww!!!!!— Erik Walden (@E_Ninety3) May 11, 2015
Others felt Brady got what was coming to him.
I think the suspension is warranted, they came down hard on the organization though. #Deflategate— Sean Weatherspoon (@SeanWSpoon56) May 11, 2015
With Tom Brady being suspended for 4 games, the Commissioner came down hard & fair. Tom, the fans will miss you for those games!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2015
Some had fun with the situation.
"Thank you Tom Brady." - every late night host— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) May 11, 2015
Tom Brady's suspension proves cheaters never win. They just get four Super Bowl rings, $150M & a hot wife. Wait, losing sounds awesome.— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) May 11, 2015
And of course this guy had to chime in to the conversation.
People are so jealous of Tom Brady and the Patriots. No court could convict based on the evidence.They can't beat him on the field, so this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2015
Finally there were those who pointed to other suspensions and scandals in comparison to Brady's situation.
Tom Brady suspended 4 games.... That's just ridiculous. They are comparing it to steroid use. Preposterous! What are your thoughts?— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) May 11, 2015
Apparently "probably" deflating footballs is worse than DV...? https://t.co/oQdgh7tzVI— Brady Quinn (@3rd_Goal) May 11, 2015
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Tom Brady is suspended for 4 games for deflating balls!! Good thing he wasn't smoking weed! #TeamDl— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) May 11, 2015